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Even reaching the islands and unloading equipment was a major challenge © Fred Jacq

Marquesas fact-finding mission sheds light on...

Tue, 28/04/2020
In November 2019, a BirdLife-led team camped out on one of the world’s remotest islands to learn more about the Endangered birds we urgently need to save. Here’s what they discovered…
Nassau Grouper © RLS Photo / Shutterstock

5 ways we’re protecting unique wildlife in France...

Wed, 11/03/2020
More than 80 percent of France’s biodiversity is located in just five overseas territories. But forestry, mining, urban sprawl, tourism and invasive alien species are threatening the regions’ wildlife. Fortunately, the LIFE BIODIV’OM project is working to protect these unique areas and species.
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…
Suzanne Medina and son release a Guam Rail into the wild © Guam Department of Agriculture

How did the Guam Rail come back from extinction...

Mon, 20/01/2020
After more than 30 years, the Guam Rail is back: breeding naturally beyond the confines of captive breeding enclosures – making it only the second bird species ever to recover from extinction in the wild. How did conservationists do it, and what can we learn about the threat of introduced predators?
Bai (traditional Palauan meeting house) © highD / Shutterstock

Palau Conservation Society: protecting paradise...

Tue, 08/10/2019
When unregulated tourism threatened to destroy the Pacific nation of Palau, a movement was formed to preserve paradise for future generations. 25 years on, our Partner, the Palau Conservation Society, has inspired ideas that have gone on to transform the nation.
Rock iguanas mostly eat plants, fruit and flowers © Sarah Havery

Welcome to Iguana island: the land where reptiles...

Tue, 16/07/2019
The Turks & Caicos Islands harbour two remaining strongholds for an endemic, Critically Endangered rock iguana, under threat from invasive mammals and development. Now a partnership of NGOs is working hard to ensure the ‘Iguana Island’ remains worthy of its name.
Alejandro Selkirk Island, Chile is one of the highest-ranking islands on the list © Island Conservation

Want to prevent 131 extinctions? Focus on these...

Tue, 26/03/2019
Invasive species are a huge threat to island wildlife. A new study pinpoints key islands across the world that we could start restoring right now to help save the maximum number of highly threatened species.
There are now 473 Pink Pigeons in the wild © Mauritian Wildlife Foundation

How did the Pink Pigeon bounce back from just...

Fri, 15/02/2019
The Pink Pigeon is no longer Endangered. But how did conservationists achieve this, and is it sustainable? Dr Vikash Tatayah, Conservation Director, Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (BirdLife Partner) reports from the field…
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.
Without this intervention, the Tristan Albatross could soon go extinct © J Cleeland

Ambitious plan to remove "mega-mice" to...

Mon, 22/10/2018
Giant invasive “mega-mice” on Gough Island are set to be eradicated in one of the most ambitious projects of its kind, which will save two million seabird eggs and chicks a year from being eaten in the nest.
After a short, but rough, crossing, the Raso Larks arrive safely on Santa Luzia in a waterproof box © Paul Donald / BirdLife

Ground-breaking reintroduction for Cabo Verde...

Fri, 06/07/2018
Great escape: after years of preparation, the Raso Lark (Critically Endangered) now spreads its wings on its new home of Santa Luzia – video below
The Micronesian Scrubfowl (Endangered) is one of the only species to incubate its eggs using volcanic heat © Island Conservation

Incredible “Incubator Bird” to be saved by rat...

Tue, 08/05/2018
Kayangel Atoll is set to become the first inhabited island in the Pacific nation of Palau to be cleared of rats. As well as a healthier ecosystem for fascinating Endangered birds, residents look forward to better livelihoods through increased crop yields.
The island's rugged landscape protects birds such as the Newton's Sunbird from human influence © Lars Petersson

Exploring "African Galapagos" uncovers...

Fri, 06/04/2018
Conservationists braved the mountainous landscape of São Tomé Island in the first ever comprehensive study of three elusive bird species, with fascinating results. But their findings also highlight the urgent need for better management of the Natural Park.
Rat control has given the Giraffe Weevil a better chance of survival in New Zealand © Steve Reekie

The Lazarus Effect: protect one species,...

Thu, 08/03/2018
Pest control is saving more than just the Kiwi: species that haven't been seen for years are reappearing in New Zealand's forests. Ann Graeme shares inspiring stories of native birds, plants and insects that have returned after community conservation for a different species - "The Lazarus Effect."
 Junk food is no good for the Kea © Pavlina Trauskeova/ Shutterstock

Why a "junk food" diet is killing off...

Fri, 26/01/2018
The forested mountains of New Zealand’s South Island are home to a famously mischievous alpine parrot. But human conflict, deliberate feeding and the deadly threat of invasive mammals is driving the species’ decline. This year, it was uplisted from Vulnerable to Endangered on the IUCN Red List.
Conservation Project Officer Alanna Smith (centre) in the field © Te Ipukarea Society

How to highlight bird conservation and plastic...

Wed, 20/12/2017
Conservation Project Officer Alanna Smith, aka “Miss Cook Islands”, talks about her passion for conserving her country’s bird species, and how she’s more likely to be found making compost with local kids than wearing heels.
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.
Northern Brown Kiwi population is stabilising, and in some areas even estimated to be growing © Neil Robert Hutton

Stars of the Red List: two kiwi species are no...

Tue, 05/12/2017
Not one, but two of New Zealand’s kiwi species are in recovery thanks to nearly 30 years of egg rearing, predator control, and community devotion.