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Atualizado em: 22-11-2017


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Every year, the Regional Government of the Azores develops the SOS Cagarro Campaign aiming particularly to increase awareness in the Azorean population to the need of preserving this protected species, which nests in the Azores.


The Campaign takes place in the Azores since 1995 with the main goal of engaging people and organizations in the rescue of young Cory’s Shearwaters found along and in close proximity to the roads. Some of the young Cory’s Shearwaters saved in the Azores more than 7 years ago have already returned to our archipelago to mate and build their nests. The SOS Cagarro Campaign runs from the 15th of October to the 15th of November, time when the young Cory’s Shearwaters leave the nest for their first transoceanic flight, and is organized around two sectors: Environmental Education and Nature Conservation.


In order to disseminate information about the most appropriate aid in case of collision or running over of a young Cory’s Shearwater, the Regional Government of the Azores undertakes various activities to promote awareness and environmental education in regional schools through the Regional Network of Ecotecas. In addition, promotional and educational material is distributed to those involved in the Campaign (volunteers, etc.).

At the same time, the Environmental Services of each Island, together with the Ecotecas, organize information sessions and, together with associate entities and partners, rescuing brigades on the field for the collection of juvenile Cory’s Shearwaters that will be released the following morning.  


The Cory’s Shearwater is a fascinating and emblematic seabird!

_The great trip to the South
• Once they leave the nest, the young Cory's Shearwaters, of only 3 months old, make their first big trip of hundreds of kilometers across the Atlantic Ocean.

_Adapted to life at sea
• They are excellent fliers, gliding among the waves for hours almost without hitting their long and flexible wings. Each nostril is associated with glands that expel the salt from the sea water.

_Living in communities
• The Cory’s Shearwaters live in groups year-round, on land and at sea, where they form aggregations called "jangadas" in the late afternoon. They are often found in association with dolphins and tuna, benefiting from their presence to capture food in shallow waters.

_The singing
• Every night, from March to October, and a bit all over the Azorean islands, one can hear the interesting sound of the Cory’s Shearwaters returning to their colonies. It sounds like the croaking of a frog or the mewing of a cat.

_Azores: honeymoon destination
• Every year, the Cory’s Shearwaters choose the Azores to mate and raise their newborn young. They can do it for thirty years, from the time they reach adulthood, at 7 years of age, to the age of 40, maximum known longevity for the species.

• The Madeiran and Azorean population of Cory's Shearwaters represents about 85% of the world population of the species and the other 15% being resident in the Canary and having some breeding pairs still in Berlengas Island (BirdLife International, 2014). The vas majority of the population of Cory's shearwaters inhabits the Atlantic during the bob-breeding season.
The species Calonectris borealis is contained in the Annex II of the Legislative Decree n.º 316/89 of the 22nd of September (Berne Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats) and of the Annex A-I of the Executive Order n.º 49/2005 of the 24th of February (Habitats Directive).

_Why is it so important to participate in the conservation of the Azorean Cory's Shearwater?
Several factors threaten to the conservation of this species:

•the destruction of their nesting habitat due to the introduction of exotic plants and animals, urban growth and coastal roads network; •the capture for various purposes, including obtaining bait; •the high mortality during autumn, coupled with the running-over and collision of juvenile Cory’s Shearwater on the roads and localities.

Despite the fact that the Azores possesses the world's largest population of the subspecies Calonectris borealis (85%), the European population of Cory’s Shearwaters has an unfavorable conservation status and has been decreasing in recent decades

Listen how the Cory’s Shearwaters sound like


Poster SOS Cagarro 

Flyer SOS Cagarro


For rescues, registration in the brigades, organization of educational and awareness projects or to inform the number of rescues provided by private initiatives:

Santa Maria

Between 9am and 5pm:
Santa Maria Natural Park: 296 206 790

Between 9am and 12pm:
Santa Maria Natural Park:
916 497 707

Collection point 24h/day:
G.N.R: 296 886 707
PSP: 296 820 110
Firefighters: 296 820 224

São Miguel

Between 9am and 5pm:
São Miguel Natural Park: 296 206 700

Between 9am and 11pm:
São Miguel Natural Park:
912 177 542

GNR-SEPNA: 962 095 180 
GNR-SEPNA: 296 306 580

Collection Point 24h/day:
The closeste Police Station.


Between 9am and 4.30pm:
Terceira Natural Park: 295 403 800

Between 9am and 11pm:
Terceira Natural Park:
919 367 428 | 916 051 643 | 912 177 526

Other contacts:
G.N.R: 961 196 097
PSP - 295 212 022
Praia da Vitória Police Station– 295 545 480
Biscoitos Police Station – 295 908 710

Angra do Heroísmo Firefighters– 295 212 333
Praia da Vitória Firefighters– 295 540 220
Altares Firefighters - 295 908 333

Maritime Police– 912 344 795

Collection Points in Angra do Heroísmo (24h/day)
GNR (Rua de Santo Espírito s/n): 295 206 970 | 961 196 097
PSP (Praça Dr. Sousa Júnior nº1): 295 212 022
SECURITAS (Marina de Angra, Porto das Pipas): 295 543 079 | 912 248 869 | 916 568 924
Firefighters (Praça Dr. Sousa Júnior s/n): 295 212 333 | 295 204 110

Collection Points in Praia da Vitória (24h/day)
GNR (Rua da Alfândega): 295 545 380 | 961 196 097
PSP (Praia da Vitória - Largo Conde Praia da Vitória): 295 212 022
PSP (Biscoitos - Caminho do Concelho, nº56): 295 908 710
PSP (Lajes - Estrada do Aeroporto, nº 1): 295 512 021
SECURITAS (Parque de combustíveis, Parque Industrial): 295 543 079 | 912 248 869 | 916 568 924
Firefighters (Rua Conselheiro Francisco José Barcelos): 295 212 333 | 295 204 110
Maritime Police(Cabo da Praia): 295 542 500 | 912 344 795

São Jorge

Between 9am and 4pm:
São Jorge Natural Park: 295 403 860

Between 9am and 12pm:
São Jorge Natural Park:
911 952 182 | 913 165 122

Collection Points 24h/day:
The nearest Police Station.
Calheta, Velas and Topo Firefighters.

Other Collection Points:

GNR in Velas (24h00, every day of the week)
Maritime Police (9am-12.30am e 2pm-5.30pm, from Monday to Friday)
Maritime Delegation of Velas (9am-12.30am e 2pm-5.30pm, from Monday to Friday)
Harbour Captaincy of Velas (9am-12.30am e 2pm-5.30pm, from Monday to Friday)


Between 9am and 5pm:
Graciosa Natural Park: 295 403 870

Between 9am and 12pm:
Graciosa Natural Park:
916 056 431| 913 398 553

Collection Points 24h/day:
G.N.R Station
PSP Station
Graciosa Island Firefighters

Other Collection Points:
Graciosa Environment Service (9am-5pm, from Monday to Friday)


Between 9am and 4pm:
Pico Natural Park: 292 207 375

Between 9am and 12pm:
Pico Natural Park: 918 532 645 | 915 913 599 

Collection Point 24h/day:
Madalena, S. Roque and Lajes Firefighters.


Between 9am and 4pm:
Faial Natural Park: 292 207 382

Between 9am and 10pm:
Faial Natural Park: 918 625 891

Collection Point 24h/day:
Azoria Station, in Pasteleiro
Repsol Station, in Conceição
Galp Station, in Angústias

From 9am to 12.30am and from 1.30pm and 5pm: Faial Natural Park House (in Monte da Guia, the old park rangers house).


Between 9am and 5pm:

Flores Natural Park: 292 207 390
Boqueirão interpretation Centre: 292 542 447

Between 9am and 10pm:
Flores Natural Park: 912 177 117

Collection Points 24h/day:
G.N.R (from 7pm, please touch the door bell)
Nearest PSP station

Other Collection Point:
Flores Environment Service (9am-12.30pm and 1.30pm -5pm, from Monday to Friday)
Boqueirão interpretation Centre (2pm-5.30pm, from Tuesday to Saturday)


Between 9am and 6pm:
Corvo Natural Park: 912 177 524

Between 9am and 12pm:
917 372 891

Collection Point 24h:
Corvo Environment Service (leave at the entrance if the centre is closed).


Cory’s Shearwater Campaigns in other latitudes

The friendly Cory’s Shearwater is an illustrious inhabitant of our Azorean coasts. However, it is also found in other latitudes, in and out of Portugal, although, unfortunately, it is threatened all over the map. But in the other latitudes visited by the Cory’s Shearwater, there are others who, like us, rallied and undertook actions to assist the Cory’s Shearwaters and see their population increase. 

Here you can find information on the other Cory’s Shearwater rescue campaigns we have been getting to know.  We started with the campaign in the neighbor archipelago of Madeira, but soon others will join in this space.

The campaign "Salve uma Ave Marinha”, organized by SPEA, was created due to the presence of seabirds, whose status is regulated by different laws of conservation in the Madeira archipelago, and that are continually are affected by lighting.  This campaign is very similar to ours in many points. We wish all the best to "Salve uma Ave Marinha "!

Madeira - Salve uma ave marinha

The non-profit association "Amigos de la Pardela Cenicienta", from the Canary islands, promotes the rescue of seabirds, including the Cory’s Shearwater and environmental education activities.

Canary islands - Amigos de las Pardelas

SEO/Birdlife considered Cory’s Shearwater "Ave do Ano 2013" (Bird of the Year 2013), providing a webpage with materials and information on this species.

SEO/Birdlife - Pardela cenicienta

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