News Marquesas

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…
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…
Climate change is affecting 88% of penguin species © Stephanie Prince

Top threats to seabirds identified

Wed, 07/08/2019
Scientists reviewed more than 900 studies and found that seabirds face big threats both on land and at sea. This helps explain why they are one of the most threatened group of vertebrates.
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.

Science Spotlight: Prioritizing invasive species...

Tue, 26/03/2019
A new study has found removing invasive mammals from 169 islands would improve survival prospects for 9% of the world’s most highly-threatened vertebrates on islands. Our Global Science Coordinator Ian Burfield explains the study and its implications for conservation.
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.