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First Global Assessment of Seabirds Threatened by Invasive Alien Species on Islands Released
May 21st, 2014
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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!
October 31st, 2011
The Sounds of Recovery
October 31st, 2011
Olivier Langrand joins Island Conservation as Director of Global Affairs
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May 16th, 2013
Invasive Species: The 18-km2 rat trap
Island Conservation’s work to save species in the Galapagos featured in the journal Nature.

15 May 2013 

In this Nature new feature Invasive Species:The 18-km2 rat trap,Henry Nicholls takes an in-depth look at Island Conservation’s restoration work with partners in the Galápagos Archipelago to save threatened species from extinction. The article focuses on our most recent project on Pinzón Island in the Galápagos to protect the Extinct in the Wild Giant Pinzón Tortoise. Nichols also explores all the components that are necessary for a successful outcome, and the history of invasive species removals in the region.
 
The Galápagos Archipelago is known for its extraordinarily rich abundance and diversity of native and plants and animals found nowhere else in the world, such as the Giant Tortoise and Marine Iguana. Invasive species present on islands in the archipelago are threatening the Galápagos’ rare species, pushing many to the brink of extinction. To date, seven vertebrate species have become extinct, while 40% of the still existing 96 species are endangered – with invasive species as the primary threat.

Island Conservation began working to protect species in the Galápagos Archipelago in 2008. In 2011, In support of work led by the Galápagos National Park, Island Conservation, Charles Darwin Foundation, The Raptor Center, and Bell Laboratories removed invasive rats from the islands of Rábida, North Plaza, three Beagle islets, and three of the Bainbridge Rocks to protect 12 unique Galapagos species considered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature to be threatened with extinction. The project was confirmed a success in December 2012.

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Want to read more stories from the Galápagos? Check out this article featured in the Galápagos Conservation Trust's Galápagos Matters magazine on pages 8-10 written by Brad Keitt, Island Conservation's Director of Conservation. Continuing reading on the next page about our wonderful partner Julia Ponder from the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota as she talks about what it is like to care for 60 Galápagos  Hawks. Read on here!

 

For nearly 150 years, invasive rats on Pinzón have been devouring every single tortoise egg or hatchling, leaving an aging population of tortoises to die off. In 1970, to address this issue and restore the population, the Galápagos National Park and Charles Darwin Research Station began harvesting clutches of eggs and raising them in captivity until they are at a ‘rat-proof’ size to be released. While this has been successful in increasing the tortoise population, the program depends on staffing and resources—which are not always available. In order to permanently protect the tortoise and allow them to reproduce in the wild, a project to remove invasive rats from the island was implemented in fall 2012 by Island Conservation and partners.

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