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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 battle for birds and nature

Wed, 30/12/2015 - 22:58

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.

Pacific Australia Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) - Pacific

The `back-story’ to saving the Tahiti and Fatu Hiva Monarchs of French Polynesia

Mon, 28/12/2015 - 23:13

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!

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Biological monitoring on Kayangel Atoll handed over to the local people

Wed, 09/12/2015 - 00:10

It is a key objective of BirdLife and its country partners to develop the skills of the local communities to manage and protect their own natural resources. On Kayangel Atoll, home to the endangered Micronesian megapode, four years of working together and training has enabled the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Services of Kayangel to take over biological monitoring,

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iBird Application to help monitor ecological helth

iBird to support monitoring of ecological health in Palau

Tue, 08/12/2015 - 23:24

In Palau, technology in the form of iPods and the iBird application, is helping in the response to the threats of climate change to this Micronesian nation. And it is the local BirdLife partner, Palau Conservation Society (PCS), in association with BirdLife and the Aage V. Jensen Foundation, that is providing these innovative tools.

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Bar-tailed Godwits and other shorebirds helped by new sanctaury

Shorebirds gain new sanctuary in South Australia

Wed, 02/12/2015 - 21:14

A key South Australian shorebird habitat, the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary, is to be proclaimed a national park and the South Australian Government will also seek for it to be acknowledged as a site of significance in the East Asian–Australasian Flyway. Migratory shorebirds are in trouble across the world and the creation of this new sanctuary and the recognition of its importance is a role model for other Australian State Governments

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Particpants at a forum at the end of a five year conservation project in the Pacific

Pacific Partnership Protects Nature for People and Wildlife

Sun, 29/11/2015 - 21:32

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.

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Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoos threatened by urban sprawl

Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo threatened by urban sprawl

Sun, 29/11/2015 - 20:31

Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo is one of the popular and iconic birds of Western Australia. But the spread of Perth and habitat loss means they are in trouble. Updated research from BirdLife Australia shows that flocks are getting smaller as the population of these large, white-tailed, black-cockatoos declines each year. Over 600 volunteers taking part in the Great Cocky Count have confirmed the trend in numbers dropping each year. A causality of urban sprawl, If the current trend continues, the Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo population of the Perth-Peel Coastal Plain will continue to decline at a rate of roughly 15 per cent each year.

Pacific Australia Preventing Extinctions - Pacific

A rat attacks a keruru egg

Rat plague crisis about to hit New Zealand says BirdLife Partner Forest & Bird

Sun, 29/11/2015 - 20:01

BirdLife New Zealand partner, Forest & Bird is predicting a pest plague next winter and spring given the significant level of beech flowering occurring now. This will lead to an abundance of seed the next autumn which in turn leads to an eruption of rat and stoat predator populations. When seed supplies run out these predators turn on endangered birds such as mōhua, kākā, kea, whio and kiwi. Forest & Bird is seeking an urgent commitment by the New Zealand Government to commit to emergency funding for substantial pest control

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Australian regent honeyeater eggs under attack

Regent Honeyeaters’ eggs under attack

Sun, 29/11/2015 - 19:08

Australia's critically endangered regent honey eater is facing more threats than originally recognised. Video monitoring is showing that the bird, their nests and eggs are being preyed on by Sugar Gliders and the larger Squirrel Gliders as well as house sparrows and magpies. Knowledge of these new threats will allow BirdLife Australia to look at ways of mitigating the problem such as collars or barriers to prevent access to nesting birds.

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