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Battle against expected rat explosion funded by New Zealand Goverment but core conservation funding cut

Mon, 30/05/2016
The Department of Conservation in New Zealand (DOC) has been allocated an extra $20.7 million to help fight back against an expected pest population boom caused by a heavy forest seeding, or mast. While this is good news, at the same time the Department has had its core funding cut.
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.

BirdLife Partner joins the protest against purse seine fishing in Cook Islands waters

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

Finding Beck's Petrel: an eight day voyage of discovery

Fri, 15/04/2016
A small, dark seabird with a white underbelly faces an uncertain future unless its nesting grounds are found. It is with this sense of obligation that an intrepid BirdLife International team sets off on an eight day voyage of discovery this weekend.

Appointment of an Island Restoration Manager marks the start of BirdLife’s ambitious project to restore the Marquesas Archipelago and Rapa

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.

Forest & Bird launches ambitious strategy for New Zealand's nature

Fri, 18/03/2016
Forest & Bird (BirdLife New Zealand), the country's largest and oldest non government conservation organisation, has launched a new Strategy for Nature which looks out to 2040 and sets ambitious and aspirational goals. It is based on the vision of, in Aotearoa (New Zealand), ecological resilience being at the heart of everything the community does..

Cyclone Winston hits Castaway Island – home to Wedge-tailed shearwaters

Fri, 18/03/2016
Monuriki Island in Fiji was right in the path of Cyclone Winston. Home to Wedge-tailed shearwaters and free of rats and goats, this little island is an important sanctuary. The site support group, that monitors species and maintains predator biosecurity, faces unprecedented challenges as the consequences of climate change start to hit the Pacific

Win for Critically Endangered Australian Regent Honeyeater in Court Decision

Mon, 14/03/2016
In a desperately needed win for the Critically Endangered Regent Honeyeater, the New South Wales Land and Environment Court has found in favour of a challenge to the approval of a development which would have destroyed its habitat. In the decision, it was recognised that the Regent Honeyeater is in “grave peril” and that Cessnock City Council acted improperly in approving a Development Application for a steel fabrication facility in Regent Honeyeater habitat in the Hunter Economic Zone (HEZ) in the Lower Hunter Valley, NSW.

Programme funded by the Aage V Jensen Charity Foundation of Denmark helps ensure the survival of the unique Mangaia Kingfisher of the Cook Islands

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.