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October 15th, 2014
Palmyra Atoll: On the path to recovery
September 3rd, 2014
Conservation Wins! Our Impact Report.
September 3rd, 2014
The last places on Earth with no invasive species
June 24th, 2014
First Global Assessment of Seabirds Threatened by Invasive Alien Species on Islands Released
May 21st, 2014
Island Bright Spots in Conservation
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!
October 31st, 2011
The Sounds of Recovery
October 31st, 2011
Olivier Langrand joins Island Conservation as Director of Global Affairs
05/2012 Restoring Wildlife Habitat on Desecheo Island
05/2012 Restauración del Hábitat del Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre de Desecheo
02/2012 Native Species on San Nicolas Island are Now Free to Reclaim Their Island Home
09/2011 Meet Dr. Ray Nias
09/2011 Palmyra: No Place for Pessimists
09/2011 Palmyra Atoll Restoration Project Completes Operational Phase to Remove Non-native Rats
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

July 31st, 2012
Funding secured for Lord Howe Island restoration
$9 million committed to protect Australia’s World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island by removing all invasive rodents

Efforts to conserve Lord Howe Island received a massive boost this month with a $9 million plan announced jointly by Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke and NSW Environment Minister Robyn Parker.

A bold initiative of the Lord Howe Island Board, the plan is to remove all rodents on the island in order to protect the islands' ecosystems, the Kentia Palm industry, tourism and the health and wellbeing of residents and visitors.

Disappearing Wildlife
Invasive rats pose an ongoing threat to at least 13 bird species that breed on the island, including the Endangered Lord Howe Woodhen and Lord Howe pied currawong, and to endemic reptiles including the Lord Howe Island gecko and invertebrates such as the Whitelegge's land snail and Lord Howe Placostylus. They also destroy vegetation and are threatening the Little Mountain Palm and the Kentia Palm, which is of enormous economic value to the island. 

The Lord Howe Island Group is located 700 kilometers north-east of Sydney and was included on the World Heritage List in 1982. There are around 400 permanent residents on the island. 

Lord Howe has spectacular landscapes, including volcanic mountains and diverse low-lying rainforests as well as palm forests and grasslands. There is a large number of species of native plants, many of which are endemic to the island and over 160 species of birdlife. Outstanding underwater vistas include reefs considered to be among the most beautiful in the world while more than 500 species of fish are found in local waters.

One of the threatened species likely to benefit from the rodent eradication is the bizarre-looking Critically Endangered Lord Howe Phasmid (Dryococelus australis). Known locally as the “land lobster” this large flightless insect was recently though to be extinct until re-discovered in 2001 on a lonely rock-stack––Ball’s Pyramid. The phasmid is now being successfully bred in captivity and could be released back to Lord Howe once the project has been completed and the rats removed.

Regional Director for Island Conservation’s Southwest Pacific Program, Dr. Ray Nias has been involved in efforts to conserve the biodiversity of Lord Howe Island since 1996. Dr. Nias said that “through our ongoing work with the Lord Howe Island Board we are determined to help make this globally significant island conservation project a reality. The potential to restore biodiversity on Lord Howe Island is immense.”
Amazed by the Lord Howe Phasmid? Learn more it and see additional photos in this NPR article, Six-legged Giant Finds Secret Hideaway, Hides for 80 years.

David Attenborough joins the campaign to save native species on Lord Howe Island by removing invasive rats. Read on and see photos from his trip to the island here.
Lord Howe Phasmid. Photo by Peter Halasz

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