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January 29th, 2014
Saving the World’s Most Endangered Lizards
January 29th, 2014
Salvando a las Lagartijas en Mayor Peligro del Mundo
November 25th, 2013
Island Conservation Impact Report
October 23rd, 2013
Hawadax Island Recovery Exceeding Expectations
October 15th, 2013
One Step Closer to Restoring Balance and Safe Seabird Habitat in Gwaii Haanas
July 24th, 2013
Back from the Brink of Extinction
July 24th, 2013
International Experts Convened to Improve Tropical Island Rodent Eradications
June 11th, 2013
Titi on Tahanea get a Helping Hand; Globally Endangered Shorebird Protected
June 11th, 2013
Coup de pouce pour les Titi de Tahanea. Protection d’un limicole en danger d’extinction
June 11th, 2013
Parks Canada and the Haida Nation Restoring Critical Seabird Habitat
June 4th, 2013
Native Iguanas and Shearwaters Saved from Invasive Mice on Allen Cay, The Bahamas
May 16th, 2013
Invasive Species: The 18-km2 rat trap
February 14th, 2013
Island Night Lizard: No longer threatened?
February 14th, 2013
Island Recovery Evident Ten Years after the Removal of Rats
January 14th, 2013
Battle at the End of Eden by Amanda R. Martinez
January 14th, 2013
Native Species Expected to Rebound on Rat-free Palmyra Atoll
December 8th, 2012
Galápagos Restoration Projects Makes Islands Safe for Native Species
December 8th, 2012
Island Conservation Opens New Office in Hawaii
July 31st, 2012
Funding secured for Lord Howe Island restoration
July 31st, 2012
Tahanea Atoll Motus now safe for the Titi!
July 31st, 2012
Island Conservation and Birdlife International Form Partnership to Tackle Pacific Pests
June 14th, 2012
Million Dollar Mouse Campaign
May 31st, 2012
It's Official!
May 1st, 2012
Restoring Wildlife Habitat on Desecheo Island
May 1st, 2012
Restauración del Hábitat del Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre de Desecheo
October 31st, 2011
The Sounds of Recovery
October 31st, 2011
Olivier Langrand joins Island Conservation as Director of Global Affairs
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07/2011 Island Hopping: Saving Species in the Tropical Pacific
04/2011 Meet our new Caribbean Regional Director!
03/2011 The Surfer's Journal meets Island Conservation
03/2011 Galapagos Restoration Partners Release Hawks Back to Islands
03/2011 Socios a cargo de la restauración de Galápagos liberan a veinte gavilanes en las islas
01/2011 Galápagos Restoration Project Achieves Conservation Milestone
12/2010 Island Conservation's 2009 Annual Report
12/2010 Island Conservation's Annual Report
08/2010 Rat Island is officially rat-free!
08/2010 IC helps Robinson Crusoe Island residents with tsunami recovery
05/2010 Meet our new South America Regional Director!
05/2010 Author David Quammen speaks on behalf of Island Conservation
03/2010 2010 International Year of Biodiversity
12/2009 Island Conservation's 2008 Annual Report
09/2009 U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Publishes Priority List for Restoration of Islands with Invasive Species
05/2009 Island Conservation Honored with Department of Interior Partners in Conservation Award
12/2008 Saving Seabirds in the Aleutians
04/2008 IC and Galapagos and Machalilla National Parks unite to protect Waved Albatross on Isla de la Plata

 
August 11th, 2010
IC helps Robinson Crusoe Island residents with tsunami recovery
Island Conservation staff work with residents of San Juan Bautista on Robinson Crusoe Island, Chile to clean up and rebuild their fishing village
At around four a.m. on February 27th 2010, Robinson Crusoe Island, Chile was struck by a tsunami. The wave was reported to be 20 meters tall.  Triggered by an 8.8 magnitude earthquake, the wave tore apart the small fishing community of San Juan Bautista, the only town on the island. Within minutes, the homes and buildings of nearly 600 people were rushed by water and swept out to sea in total darkness. All that remained were pieces of steel and concrete wrapped around high tree branches.

Since February, the community has come together to clean up San Juan Bautista, with plans to rebuild. However, re-building an entire town is not easy when bulldozers and debris containers are not available. All clean up must be done by hand. A project that might otherwise be completed in a week, instead takes months.

In early summer 2010, two Island Conservation restoration specialists traveled to Robinson Crusoe Island, in the Juan Fernandez archipelago, armed with equipment to help facilitate cleaning up debris. For two weeks straight, they spent all day using cutting torches to break up steel so it could be easily stacked on pallets and taken to the mainland by the Navy. During their time on the island, IC staff taught local residents how to use the cutting torches so the advanced clean up method could continue once they left.

Island Conservation is initiating work in Chile, with Chanaral and Choros identified as the first restoration projects. Ultimately, Island Conservation plans to restore the islands of the Juan Fernandez archipelago back to their natural state by removing invasive species. The archipelago is rich in endemic plants and animals, including the Juan Fernandez Firecrown. This magnificent hummingbird is found only on Robinson Crusoe Island.
 
San Juan Bautista, Robinson Crusoe Island - the capital of the Juan Fernandez Islands - after the tsunami.

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