News Pacific

Pacific's Petrels in Peril: a new initiative to save these iconic birds

Wed, 07/10/2015
Pacific Petrels in Peril is the first comprehensive plan to protect this family of birds. Priority actions will include finding the breeding sites of Fiji Petrel, Beck's Petrel and Heinroths Shearwater.
A special bird - New Zealand Black Petrel.  Photo by Karen Baird

Who will win Forest & Bird's Bird of the Year 2015

Tue, 06/10/2015
Forest & Bird's annual Bird of the Year competition has kicked off again. 50 birds, many backed by local celebrities, all vying for the crown of New Zealand's top 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 just beaches and coconuts?

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 - Endangered birds found, and sharks

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 underway: restoring a Pacific paradise - island update #1

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.

New research for saving species on tropical islands as we prepare for big operation

Mon, 23/03/2015
Importance of tropical island restoration recognised by international scientific journal as we prepare for the biggest ever operation to save birds from extinction in French Polynesia

Seasonal help needed for tropical sandpiper

Mon, 22/12/2014
We have raised 76% of the funds needed to restore six stunningly beautiful Pacific islands next year but we still need your help.

Creating a Pacific Sanctuary

Wed, 10/12/2014

Pacific islands are under siege by invasive species,