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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.

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.
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.
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."
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.

The Bird Bulletin - vol. 17

Fri, 03/11/2017
Today's Bird Bulletin brings you updates on the Willow tit in the UK, the Bald Ibis in the Mediterranean and our plan to save African-Eurasian vultures by 2029.

The Bird Bulletin - Vol. 12

Fri, 23/06/2017
Science fiction or science fact? Read today's Bird Bulletin for tales of alien invasions and visions of the future!
Galapagos Penguin © Shutterstock

The penguin that paddles in paradise

Tue, 11/04/2017
No huddles please for the Galapagos Penguin; this tropical birdcalls the warm waters of the equator its home. But life in paradise is anything but a walk in the sun...
Ruby-throated Hummingbird in flight colorful background © Steve Byland

Planting native species to help birds

Mon, 12/12/2016
In the fall of 2016 Audubon (BirdLife US) launched the Plants for Birds programme, which encourages and empowers people in the US to support birds by planting native species.

Malta’s commitment to protect marine life

Wed, 13/07/2016
Discover threatened seabirds and the LIFE projects that protect them on this tiny Mediterranean island nation.
The Azores are full of awe-inspiring mountains and beautiful beaches. Photo: Joaquim Teodosio

The Azores: a beautiful drop in the ocean

Tue, 12/07/2016
These islands are paradise for humans and seabirds alike, but invasive rats could threaten our feathered friends.