News French Polynesia

Hatuta’a Island © Fred Jacq

Explore the remote islands at the crossroads of...

Wed, 05/02/2020
Join us on a photographic journey to the middle of the Pacific Ocean to explore the Marquesas, a remote French Polynesian archipelago where irreplaceable nature and culture are threatened by introduced and invasive species – and where BirdLife has big plans for restoration…
Ski tourism threatened to slice through vital habitats in the Rila Mountains, Bulgaria © Leondeleeuw

10 vital bird habitats saved through conservation...

Tue, 26/11/2019
While it is impossible for us to protect every last bit of nature in existence, we can at least throw our energy and collective influence behind saving those that will have the greatest impact to the persistence of biodiversity on the planet. Here are just a few examples…
Teuaua is home to 90,000 Sooty Terns - one of the nation's largest colonies © Island Conservation

Momentous mission: first successful invasive...

Wed, 13/02/2019
Conservationists leaped from boats onto sheer rock faces and braved “10,000 dive-bombing Sooty Terns” to achieve the first successful eradication of invasive rats on Teuaua Island, French Polynesia. This success paves the way for larger island restorations across the Marquesas Archipelago.
The Rufous Hummingbird may not be common for much longer © Ryan Bushby

6 things you might have missed from the Bird Red...

Fri, 23/11/2018
The recovery of the Northern Bald Ibis and Pink Pigeon are big news – but what about the other birds in this year’s Red List update? Some you may recognise, others you may not, but their stories can tell us a lot about the state of the natural world. Here are the highlights.
The "Panda Team" will be preserving the habitat of the Giant Panda - along with the birds it shares it with

These millennials are changing the future of...

Fri, 01/06/2018
Young minds can give us fresh answers. These young people’s conservation ideas were so impressive that they were awarded grants to carry out their work. Check out ten projects that are shaping the conservation world for the next generation.
A rescued Tahiti Petrel is released © SOP Manu

Saluting the Nature's Heroes who help dazed...

Tue, 23/01/2018
A volunteer network of 75 individuals on the French Polynesian island of Tahiti care for and release grounded and injured seabirds,
Drones from local company Matarai were used to combat invasive ants © Alice Bousseyroux

Clones vs drones: Tahiti battles nine invasive...

Fri, 08/12/2017
Pounced on by rats, attacked by Myna birds and devoured by killer clone ants: it sounds like a horror film, but this year the Tahiti Monarch of French Polynesia has reached record numbers thanks to the herculean efforts of conservationists and volunteers, supported by new technology.
Between a rock and a hard place: the birds of Rapa Iti. © Fred Jacq

How we're going to save the little paradise...

Tue, 01/08/2017
The rare native wildlife of a remote island has retreated to a precarious existence on vertical cliffs. An urgent project supported by the 2017 Birdfair is leading the counter-attack against invasive species to save the “little planet” of Rapa Iti.
Polynesian Ground-dove: population now set to recover from less than 200 birds © Marie-Helene Burle/Island Conservation

Paradise saved: some of world’s rarest birds...

Tue, 20/06/2017
Five remote Pacific islands are safe havens for four of our world’s rarest bird species following the success of ambitious island restoration project

2017 brings hope for Pacific birds

Sat, 31/12/2016
Big projects in 2017 offer real hope for some of the most endangered birds of the Pacific

Meeting of BirdLife’s Pacific partners showcases...

Wed, 30/11/2016
The 2016 BirdLife Pacific Partnership meeting was a celebration of the work and successes of the partners in defending and restoring nature

A small window of opportunity to save the unique...

Thu, 13/10/2016
Restoration of Rapa in French Polynesia will create a sea bird sanctuary if we take the chance
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.
Young Tahiti Monarch © Caroline Blanvillain

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.