Before and after photos of native tree species and two new island residents!
Palmyra Atoll has been free of invasive rats for more than three years and native plants and animals are steadily recovering! A team of four researchers recently returned from a 2014 trip to conduct scientific monitoring to determine the impacts of removing non-native rats. Since the last scientific monitoring trip in 2012, both scientific and anecdotal observations show positive early effects of removing invasive non-native rats and are important indicators of potential long-term recovery of native plants and animals.
Using protocols developed by the University of California – Santa Cruz, the team measured presence and abundance by...