French Polynesia - Société d'Ornithologie de Polynésie (MANU)

BirdLife Partner

Founded in 1990
Members: 136
Staff: 5
Résidence du plateau Mitirapa, Lot 48, Impasse Des Acacias B.P. 7023, Taravao, PF, 98719

Mission of the organisation

The purpose of the Ornithological Society of Polynesia - "MANU" - is to take action to protect the birds, habitats and biodiversity of French Polynesia, and work with the human population to promote the sustainable management of natural resources by:

  • Developing and promoting information on Polynesian birds and their conservation
  • Protecting Polynesian birds and their habitats
  • Contributing to the study of Polynesian birds in their natural environment
  • Developing and promoting information on Polynesian birds and their conservation

Key Activities

  • The Council's members of the Ornithological Society of Polynesia have a monthly meeting
  • Publication of the Bulletin "Te Manu" (4 issues per year,) for the members
  • Involvement in educational and promotional events (Day of Environment, conferences, radio, television) to raise public awareness
  • Field trips (birdwatching, tape recording, or video) and logistic support to ornithological missions in French Polynesia
  • Proposals for conservation programmes, financing and implementing protection programs on endangered species
  • MANU is involved in six conservation programmes : of the Tahiti Monarch Pomarea nigra, Society Ground-dove Gallicollumba erythroptera, Striated Heron Butorides striata, Tuamotu Kingfisher Todiramphus gambieri and Fatu Hiva Monarch Pomarea whitneyi, Lorikeets of French Polynesia
  • MANU is involved in monitoring two populations of indigenous bird species per year (on isolated islands)
  • MANU participates in the two Packard Foundation-funded projects Locating Important Seabird Colonies (Important Bird Areas) in French Polynesia and Fiji, and Restoration of Globally Important Seabird Colonies in the Pacific by the Removal of Rats and Other Invasive Predators
  • MANU implements a rescue programme for ‘crashed’ Tahiti Petrels Pseudobulweria rostrata
  • MANU participates in a programme to study the birds of French Polynesia, such as the Tuamotu (Polynesian) Sandpiper Prosobonia cancellata, in collaboration with Vancouver University
  • MANU coordinates two genetic research programmes on the Society Ground-Dove and the Tuamotu Kingfisher
  • MANU set up a programme to protect the island of Rimatara and Ua Huka against the arrival of the Black Rat
  • “Eradication of rats from Teuaua islet, Marquesas” A conservation story in ten pictures.
    • The following photo series shows how rats were removed from the islet of Teuaua located near the island of Ua Huka in the Marquesas archipelago (French Polynesia) in February 2009. This was part of the regional BirdLife project “Restoration of globally important seabird colonies in the Pacific by the removal of rats and other invasive predators” funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. For more information about that project, please click here.


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