The birds are back! How rat-free Lehua Island is transforming into a seabird paradise once again
Island Conservation
by Matt van Onselen
4d ago
What happens when you remove predatory rats from an island where native birds are constantly threatened, their eggs are eaten, and the entire ecosystem is at risk? You don’t have to wonder! Island Conservation was involved in a project on Lehua Island, Hawaii to do exactly that. In 2021 the island was declared rat free, and many seabirds are breeding once again. These “connector” species are crucial to bringing important nutrients to the land and the surrounding ocean, thereby kick-starting a full and natural recovery of the island. A new dawn for Lehua’s birds and the biodiversity that relies ..read more
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Meet our first Eleanor Sterling Communications Fellow: Amariah Thomas!
Island Conservation
by Matt van Onselen
1w ago
Island Conservation recently welcomed an incredibly talented communications specialist onto our team! Amariah Thomas has taken the lead on our socials working remotely from Columbus, Ohio. In this interview, she discusses where she’s come from, what inspired her to work in conservation, and her dream of relaxing on beautiful pink sand!   Could you tell us a bit about your early years? I was born in Columbus, Ohio and lived with my mom and dad and, later, my brother who is two years younger than me. I changed schools a lot when I was younger. In fifth grade I officially moved to Gahanna, O ..read more
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5 incredible (and surprising) benefits from removing invasive species
Island Conservation
by Matt van Onselen
2w ago
At Island Conservation we restore ecosystems by removing invasive species that cause devastating destruction on islands. Many threatened species – including birds, turtles and iguanas – become prey for invasive predators. Fortunately, those creatures can be protected through invasive species removal. Once predator-free, an island can recover and return to a state of wild. But did you know that rewilding islands has dramatic benefits that reach far beyond individual plants and animals? It turns out that saving islands has wonderful effects for many interconnected ecosystems, creatures and peopl ..read more
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Earth Day 2022: A celebration of nature’s infinite connections 
Island Conservation
by Matt van Onselen
10M ago
Today is Earth Day! Island Conservation invites you to celebrate our environmental heritage along with millions of people around the world. For over 50 years this special day has served as an annual reminder to appreciate the interconnected nature of all living organisms and their ecosystems – and that includes human beings.   Every Island Conservation project requires an in-depth understanding of such networks – none more so than the 2030 Island-Ocean Connection Challenge we announced last week. This ambitious initiative is a call to NGOs, governments, philanthropists, and foundatio ..read more
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The Pelicans Paradise – Virtual Event
Island Conservation
by Island Conservation
1y ago
You are invited! WHEN: Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 7:00 PM Pacific (10:00 PM Eastern) WHERE: Virtually on Zoom WHAT: A special event featuring renowned conservation photographer, and longtime Island Conservation ambassador and Advisory Council member, Andrew S. Wright. He will also be joined by Gregg Howald, esteemed biologist, Island Conservation Advisory Council member and staff alumnus. This event will be generously hosted by Canada’s National Observer and Science World, a non-profit science center based in Vancouver, BC that engages learners across the province in STEAM (science, techno ..read more
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Tonga hit by tsunami after volcanic eruption
Island Conservation
by Island Conservation
1y ago
Here on the west coast of the continental U.S., we were shocked to see the news about the eruption of the undersea volcano in the island nation of Tonga. Our hearts and thoughts are with the people of Tonga, our partners, friends, and colleagues. Island Conservation has worked in Tonga for several years, and we have witnessed the incredible resilience and strong spirit of its people. We wish them all much strength and courage to face the difficult times they are going through. We are standing by to help in any way that we can. Satellite images captured the moment a giant underwater volcano er ..read more
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Edward O. Wilson, Island Conservation’s Advisory Council Member, Dies at 92
Island Conservation
by Island Conservation
1y ago
We extend our hearts and sympathies to all those touched by Edward O. Wilson and his incredible conservation ecology—to all humanity and biodiversity alike. EO was a conservation hero and a giant of ecological science and his passing is a tremendous loss. Everyone at Island Conservation is and will remain, forever grateful for EO’s support and contributions to our field and organization as a Founding IC Advisory Council Member. We should preserve every scrap of biodiversity as priceless while we learn to use it and come to understand what it means to humanity. Edward O. Wilson His legacy will ..read more
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Galapagos Marine Reserve expands 60,000 new km2
Island Conservation
by Monica Calvopina
1y ago
Today in Glasgow, during the COP26 climate change summit, Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso, announced the declaration of a new Marine Reserve in the Galapagos. The new reserve announced at a press conference, will complement the current Marine Reserve with an additional 60,000 km2, which are divided into two zones of 30,000 km2 each. A zone of no fishing production (no-take zone), which connects the waters of Ecuador with those of Costa Rica, the second is a no longline fishing zone located northwest of the current Galapagos protected area, which will help prevent longlines from entering t ..read more
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Press Release: Conservation Partners Reach New Milestone at Palmyra Atoll with the Removal of One Million Coconut Palms
Island Conservation
by Claudio Uribe
1y ago
On October 21, 2021, field staff and volunteers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Island Conservation and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) reached the halfway point in efforts to control introduced coconut palms on the atoll to allow for recovery of native rainforest.   “The bulk of the credit for this accomplishment goes to the 25 full time volunteers who dedicated months of their lives to living at Palmyra and together accumulated over 4,700 person hours of manual labor, as well as to our staff and partners who continue to support the mission,” says Stefan Kropidlowski, Deput ..read more
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Press Release: Will threatened Tristan albatross chick survive after invasive mice killed its mother?
Island Conservation
by Claudio Uribe
1y ago
For immediate release First confirmed death of adult Tristan albatross due to house mice in Gough Island. An adult Tristan albatross has been eaten alive by invasive mice, leaving her chick at risk from the mice and starvation. This is the first conclusive evidence that mice kill adults of the species. Tristan albatrosses are on the brink of extinction due in large part to invasive mice on their breeding ground, Gough Island. The RSPB will begin a mouse eradication project to save the Tristan albatross and other endangered and threatened birds next month. For the first time on record a Criti ..read more
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