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Protect a Little Paradise

Mon, 15/08/2016
BirdLife Cook Islands Partner launches a partnership with hotels and resorts to `give a little back' and help protect the environment and biodiversity of the Cooks. The new initiative is known as Mana Tiaki and is already attracting growing support.

BirdLife Partner joins the protest against purse...

Thu, 26/05/2016
In the seas around the Cook Islands, purse seine fishing, especially that associated with Fish Aggregation Devices (FADs), threatens fishing stocks and the health of the marine ecology. BirdLife partner , Te Ipukarea Society joins the protests calling for the ban of these devices by the Cook Island's Government

Programme funded by the Aage V Jensen Charity...

Sun, 13/03/2016
The Mangaia Kingfisher (Todiramphus ruficollaris) - or Tanga’eo - is a stunningly beautiful `chunky’ kingfisher that lives only on Mangaia Island in the Cook Islands. While it is only rated as Vulnerable, with a world population of around 500, the Tanga’eo faces many threats. BirdLife Cook Island’s partner Te-Ipukarea-Society (TIS), with support from the Aage V Jensen Charity Foundation of Denmark, is seeking to ensure their future is secure.
There are less than 150 Critically Endangered Polynesian Ground-dove remaining in the world. This project has more than doubled the safe habitat available for them. Photo: © Marie-Helene Burle

2015 saw some important successes in the Pacific...

Wed, 30/12/2015
2015 was a big year for conservation in the Pacific. The year saw the completion of the Acteon & Gambier project in French Polynesia giving sanctuary to eight globally threatened and near threatened birds (5 of which are seabirds), two turtle and seventeen nationally threatened endemic plant species. New marine sanctuaries and reserve proposals in Palau, New Zealand and the Cook Islands supported by BirdLife partners. Across the Pacific partnership with BirdLife and with our other partners makes a real difference for nature.
Particpants at a forum at the end of a five year conservation project in the Pacific

Pacific Partnership Protects Nature for People...

Sun, 29/11/2015
A five year project undertaken by BirdLife together with the European Union to protect some of the most important sites for birds and other native wildlife throughout the Pacific is coming to an end. Working with national BirdLife Partners in the Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, New Caledonia and Palau, invasive alien species have been permanently removed from 10 islands and safeguarded 10 species of globally threatened wildlife such as the Polynesian Storm Petrel, Tahiti Petrel, Micronesian Megapode and the Polynesian Ground Dove. A feature of the project was the involvement of local landowners and communities who have benefited from the work to remove the invasive species.
Te Ipukarea Society board photo

Te Ipukarea Society goes from strength to strength

Wed, 31/07/2013
At the recent Annual General Meeting of the Te Ipukarea Society (TIS - BirdLife in the Cook Islands) a new board and committee were elected. Together with recent staff appointments aligned to the Cook Islands Marine Park, this enhanced TIS team is bursting with energy and welcoming all the challenges that lie ahead in the next 12 months...

BirdLife launches invasive species video - Saving...

Tue, 16/07/2013
At BirdLife’s World Congress last month we launched our newest global conservation programme. The BirdLife Invasive Alien Species Programme will work around the globe to tackle one of the greatest of threats to our natural world. Today we’re launching a new video by award-winning filmmaker Nick Hayward showcasing just what it takes to eliminate rats in restoring a remote atoll in the South Pacific…

Suwarrow Blog 20 – A bright future for...

Sat, 01/06/2013
In the final blog of the epic trip, the team arrive back to Rarotonga to delight in the luxuries that they've missed over the past six weeks, reflect on the impacts of the modern world, and look towards a brighter future for conservation in the Cook Islands...

Suwarrow Blog 19 – Tacking towards home

Fri, 31/05/2013
The team is edging their way towards their final destination of Rarotonga in their traditional canoe which is at the mercy of the wind...

Suwarrow Blog 18 - Farewell Suwarrow

Thu, 30/05/2013
The team have finished their final operation to remove rats from Suwarrow, and are halfway home to Rarotonga on their Vaka...

Suwarrow Blog 17 - Returning to the real world

Mon, 27/05/2013
Today the team reflect on the potential success of their expedition to save Suwarrow’s seabirds, and ready themselves for their return trip to the real world.

Suwarrow blog 16 - A day of rest

Fri, 24/05/2013
Today the team feast with the very welcome visitors to Suwarrow and celebrate some luck with the weather...

Suwarrow Blog 15 - A flotilla on the lagoon and...

Thu, 23/05/2013
Today the team hope the weather won’t be against them again as they eye their impending departure date with a new crew member...

Suwarrow Blog 14 - Breeding season peaks as a...

Mon, 20/05/2013
Today the crew are gathering seabird survey results, watching out for ominous rainclouds and wondering at the provenance of the newest resident to emerge from the shadows...

Suwarrow Blog 13 - Larcenous saboteurs and...

Fri, 17/05/2013
Today the team search for more islets with rat inhabitants and find the inquisitive coconut crabs have a culinary bent...

Suwarrow Blog Twelve – Rainy days and frigatebird...

Wed, 15/05/2013
The latest blog from wildlife filmmaker Nick Hayward as he joins a team from BirdLife and Te Ipukarea Society (BirdLife in the Cook Islands) eradicating rats from Suwarrow – a seabird mecca in the South Pacific. Wet weather has brought with it some bad news for the operation...

Suwarrow Blog Eleven – Coral moonscapes and cool...

Sat, 11/05/2013
The latest blog from wildlife filmmaker Nick Hayward as he joins a team from BirdLife and Te Ipukarea Society (BirdLife in the Cook Islands) eradicating rats from Suwarrow – a seabird mecca in the South Pacific. Today the team reclaim their machete from a robber crab and enjoy the ‘modern’ comforts of Anchorage while contemplating a new departure date...

Suwarrow Blog Ten – The enemy emerges and coconut...

Wed, 08/05/2013
Today the crew take a well-earned break and spy their furry quarry...