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United Nations Year of Biodiversity
The UN declares 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity to help safeguard the variety of life on earth

Our planet is filled with extraordinary plants and animals that play unique roles in their ecosystems. Today we are losing this biodiversity at an alarming rate.

A look at extinction rates of birds (our best studied group) by Stewert Pimm and colleagues shows us that extinction rates were previously about 1 species every 100 years. This is just about the rate at which new species evolve. However, recent extinction rates are about 1 species a year and data on endangered birds predicts that future rates will be about 10 species per year

Each time we lose a species our world becomes impoverished.

The United Nations has declared 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity to increase understanding of the vital role that biodiversity plays in sustaining life on Earth and to continue encouraging people to join together to protect it.

Island Conservation is working to heed the alarm bell of the extinction crisis by working where the concentration of both biodiversity and species extinctions is greatest – on islands. The greatest threat to island biodiversity is introduced invasive species. By removing this threat, Island Conservation and our partners create habitat where native plants and animals can thrive. Over the last 15 years, Island Conservation and local partners have protected 263 species on 35 islands from the threat of extinction. We live for the day when island flora and fauna are no longer declining and once again flourishing in their native habitat.

We invite you to join us in safeguarding the world’s biological diversity. To learn more about the UN’s 2010 International Year of Biodiversity initiative, click

Biologists gathering baseline data on native species on Desecheo Island, Puerto Rico. Island Conservation, USFWS, and Puerto Rico's Dept. of Natural and Environmental Resources are working together to restore Desecheo Island by removing invasive species.

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