Leo, PP1CZ will be active again from Fernando de Noronha Island 20 – 27 April 2015 as PY0F/PP1CZ.
He will be active on 80 – 10m CW, RTTY, SSB.
QSL via home call, OQRS.
The island was covered in forest until the 19th century, when it was cleared to prevent prisoners on the island from building rafts and escaping. The islands are now predominantly covered by shrubs, with some areas of recently planted secondary forest. Many of the plants on the island today were introduced by people.
The United Nations Environment Programme lists 15 possible endemic plant species, including species of the genera Capparis (2 species), Ceratosanthes (3 species), Cayaponias (2 species), Moriordica, Cereus, Palicourea,Guettarda, Bumelia, Physalis, and Ficus noronhae.Combretum rupicola is also a likely endemic.
The islands have two endemic birds — the Noronha Elaenia (Elaenia ridleyana) and the Noronha Vireo (Vireo gracilirostris). Both are present on the main island; Noronha Vireo is also present on Ilha Rata. In addition there is an endemic race of eared dove Zenaida auriculata noronha. An endemic sigmodontine rodent, Noronhomys vespuccii, mentioned by Amerigo Vespucci, is now extinct. The islands have two endemic reptiles, Amphisbaena ridleyi and Trachylepis atlantica.
The life above and below sea is the main attraction of the island. Sea turtles, dolphins, albatrosses and many other species are frequently observed.