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Super dog Whiskey on patrol against rats

Whisky protects lorikeets in French Polynesia

Fri, 27/05/2016
Biodiversity dogs on Rimatara and Ua Haka Islands in French Polynesia are the key weapon to keep rats and other invasive predators from the home of 3 of the most beautiful and rare lorikeets in the world; Since they have been on patrol they have located three cunning rat invaders and a rat skin planted by the equally cunning Caroline Blanvillian of SOP Manu.

Appointment of an Island Restoration Manager...

Thu, 14/04/2016
The restoration of up to 18 islands of the Marquesas Archipelago and Rapa will be BirdLife and SOP Manu's biggest challenge yet. The appointment of Tehani Withers as Island Restoration Manager marks the beginning of the three year project.

A tale with a message - search for lost Tahiti...

Fri, 11/03/2016
A vicious storm hits the valleys where the Critically Endangered Tahiti Monarch clings to survival. Desperately SOP Manu staff look for three recently fledged chicks.

Winged Predators and an Ill wind threaten newly...

Mon, 29/02/2016
The Tahiti Monarch breeding season has been a record with 14 chicks fledged from just 53 adults. But in a tragic turnaround 5 have disappeared. So what happened to them? Not the usual culprits like black rats. French Polynesia BirdLife partner, SOP Manu calls in the detectives.

French Ministry of Education awards school...

Fri, 29/01/2016
French Government awards local Tahiti school for making the plight of the Tahiti known to the local community. A film made by the children and community presentations, as well as volunteering to help with habitat restoration, are all key parts in the campaign to save this iconic bird
Marquesas Archipelago - along with Rapa, the site of the next big Pacific species project

Marquesas Archipelago and Rapa in French...

Wed, 30/12/2015
Building on the success of the Acteon & Gambier project, the next big operation being planned by BirdLife in the Pacific and its partners SOP Manu and Island Conservation is the restoration of up to 16 islands or islets in Marquesas Archipelago and at Rapa.
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.

The `back-story’ to saving the Tahiti and Fatu...

Mon, 28/12/2015
Living only on the islands that give them their names, the Tahiti and Fatu Hiva Monarchs are two of the world's most endangered birds. Our heroes fighting to give them a future are the staff and volunteers of BirdLife French Polynesian Partner, SOP Manu. But if these birds are to survive, it is not just about protecting them from the invasive predators that kill their young. It requires a whole community effort working to save these iconic birds and restore their habitat. Involving local people and providing them with the necessary skills, as well as looking to help them develop sustainable incomes is all part of the `backstory' to nature conservation in the Pacific. These are the real challenges for the Pacific heroes of nature conservation working at the coal face!
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.
Juvenile Fatu Hiva Monarch - photo P Whitney

Fatu Hiva Monarch on the brink of extinction

Fri, 30/10/2015
The Fatu Hiva monarch is one of the most endangered species in the world with less than 5 fertile pairs left. In its remote home on Fatu Hiva, part of the Marquesas Archipelago in French Polynesia, its survival depends on controlling predator threats to the birds and nests in the valleys where it lives. Without resources this wonderful bird will be lost.
Iconic Tahiti Monarch

Community action saving iconic Tahiti Monarch

Wed, 28/10/2015
The decline of the Tahiti Monarch is being reversed by ongoing and intensive action by BirdLife French Polynesian partner Société d'Ornithologie de Polynésie (SOP MANU) and the local community. For the first time in many years the population has topped 50 birds with 17 pairs incubating 31 nests last summer and fledging 12 chicks. Small gains but with a species so close to extinction, this is a welcome outcome but we need help to secure the future of this iconic bird.
We estimate 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.

Rare chance for some of our world’s rarest birds!

Wed, 29/07/2015
Largest conservation project ever in French Polynesia hits historic milestone. The Acteon & Gambier island restoration operation makes an unprecedented contribution to saving one of our world’s rarest birds and a number of other endangered species from extinction.
The fifth report from the islands in our extensive Acteon & Gambier Island Restoration Operation. Anthony & Heimana (locals from Tureia) rolling up the prickly invasive plant, Lantana. Photo: Steve Cranwell; BirdLife International

Operation Restoration - island update #5 - all...

Fri, 03/07/2015
Even if an island is not inhabited anymore, the legacy of negative human impact on an environment requires real determination and effort to fix and restore.
Operation Restoration - island update #4 - "We found the remote atoll!" Photo: Steve Cranwell, BirdLife International

Operation Restoration - island update #4 -...

Fri, 26/06/2015
The Critically Endangered Polynesian Ground-dove is one of the world’s rarest birds. Find out more about how the team are even braving sharks to save them, and how you can help.

Operation Restoration - island update #2

Mon, 15/06/2015
The second update from the field in our huge Acteon & Gambier Island Restoration Operation.

Operation Restoration underway: restoring a...

Fri, 12/06/2015
One of BirdLife’s most adventurous projects. The largest conservation project in French Polynesia ever. An incredibly remote location. A huge number of species to benefit. Six rare and endangered bird species to be saved. An enormous logistical challenge. Helicopter. Boats. GPS. Storms. Lightning. And wildlife. Restoring a tropical paradise in the Pacific… The Acteon & Gambier Island Restoration Operation has begun.

Creating a Pacific Sanctuary

Wed, 10/12/2014

Pacific islands are under siege by invasive species,

Support saves forgotten Monarch

Wed, 11/06/2014
The fire ants and devastating rains hit as the funding dried up, but thanks to your huge support Critically Endangered Tahiti Monarch is having its best ever breeding season.