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ISLAND CONSERVATION IMPACT REPORT 2014 / 2015

Few places on Earth rival the incredible diversity of species found on islands. Islands make up less than 5% of the world’s land mass, yet are home to 20% of all bird, reptile, and plant species. Some islands are home to hundreds—or even thousands—of plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world.

But, we are losing these rare species forever. Islands contain almost half of all Critically Endangered plants and animals. Extinction rates are disproportionately greater on islands—they are the site of 80% of all known extinctions, with invasive species as the primary cause.

Just as the threat of extinction is highest on islands, so are our opportunities to save species at risk.

With your support, we are saving island plants and animals from extinction and ensuring that healthy island ecosystems continue to exist on our big blue planet.

 

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Dear Friends,

Greetings friends of Island Conservation,

With support from our donors, partners, and friends like you we’ve had another amazing run this year, with incredible conservation impacts to report!

Have you heard the term Extinct in the Wild? It’s a unenviable conservation status[1] assigned to a species teetering on the edge of life, just a few precarious steps away from disappearing from our world, forever.

Extinct in the wild essentially means the species cannot reproduce in its natural environment. This has been the case for the Pinzón Giant Tortoise for more than 100 years—they only survived thanks to a captive breeding program established years ago. Tortoise eggs were collected on the island, reared in captivity, and released only when they were large enough to defend themselves against invasive rats. That is until now.

In partnership with the Galápagos National Park and other key partners, we confirmed the success of our 2012 effort to remove invasive rats from Pinzón. In fact, this year scientists documented Pinzón Giant Tortoise hatchlings being born and thriving in their natural environment for the first time in 100 years!

Meanwhile, in French Polynesia, 1000s of miles west of these recovering tortoises, we brought hope to another imperiled species. The Critically Endangered Polynesian Ground-dove, locally known as the Tutururu, is one of our world’s rarest birds. Found on just five small atolls in French Polynesia, there are only about 150 of these birds left in the world.

To save this rare bird and other threatened species from extinction, we, in partnership with Birdlife International, Société d’Ornithologie de Polynésie[2] (SOP) Manu, and many others, completed one of our largest, most logistically challenging island restoration projects to date by removing feral cats, goats, and invasive rats from six islands in the Acteon and Gambier island groups in French Polynesia.

We are so excited to share this and other great stories with you – your support has made these ground-breaking projects and conservation impacts a reality. Thank you again for being amazing partners and friends of Island Conservation! If you aren’t already getting our email newsletters, you can sign up at the bottom of our new website, and we’d be delighted to call you allies in our Cabritos Island, Where the Real Wild Things Are Campaign in the Dominican Republic.

Sincerely,

 

[1] Via the IUCN’s (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) Red List of Threatened Species.
[2] Polynesian Ornithological Society Manu – the local Birdlife International Partner

Our-impact

 

Island Conservation prevents extinctions by removing invasive species from islands. Working together with local communities, government management agencies, and conservation organizations, we select islands that have the greatest potential for preventing the extinction of globally threatened species; develop comprehensive and humane plans for the removal of invasive species; implement the removal of invasive species; and conduct research – conservation measures – to understand the ecosystem changes and benefits to inform future conservation action.

To date, Island Conservation has deployed teams to protect 994 populations of 389 species on 52 islands.

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Over the past year, support from our donors, partners, and friends allowed us to scope, assess, plan, implement, and monitor island restoration projects across the globe. Highlights from our work in 2014-2015 can be found below.


 

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Map includes a collection of completed and ongoing projects. You can learn more by clicking on each project and following the link.

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Donors & Partners

Stephen Aronson
Autoridad Nacional del Ambiente (ANAM)
Bahamas National Trust
Bailey Smith Fund
Craig and Barbara Barrett
Austin Bates
Jackie Bates
Jill Bates
Bell Laboratories
BOARDnetWORK
Bobolink Foundation
William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation
Anthony Brake
Eliza Brown and Hal Candee
H. Buster Brown
Todd Bryan
Kathleen Buchli
Patricia Callahan
The Campbell Foundation
Isabel Castro
Yvon Chouinard
Art Cooley
La Corporación Nacional Forestal, Chile (CONAF)
Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF)
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Dawson Family Fund, an advised fund of the Silicon Valley
Community Foundation
Irving Decatur & Cecile Derouin
Alondra Diaz
Donors through the Island Conservation Amazon Smile Program
Kirk Elwell
Environment Canada
Janet Eyre
Cielo Figuerola
David Finkelstein
Solon and Diane Finkelstein
Matthew Fraker
Lesley Franz
Galápagos Conservancy
Lydia M. Garvey
Global Environment Facility (GEF)
Global Wildlife Conservation
Ana Gonzalez and Julian Sevillano
Government of Australia
Government of Tonga
Richard Griffiths
Hawai’i Community Foundation
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust
Jon Hoekstra and Jennifer Steele
International Union for the Conservation of Nature
Pat Jackson
Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission
Alan and Ruth Keitt
Janning and Scott Kennedy
The Kingfisher Foundation
Mary Kleinschmidt
Jennifer Lape
Jen Lape and Mark Readdie
Jim Lightner
Llagas Foundation
Leo Model Foundation, The
Finn T. Longinotto
Jose Luis Herrera-Giraldo
Andrew Luk
MacKinnon Family Charitable Foundation
Don Macnaughtan
March Conservation Fund
March Foundation
Kristen and Baldo Marinovic
Stephanie McAulifee and Sheree Rife
Richard McCombs and Claire Cummings
Susan McGreevy
Clark and Carol Mitchel
Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas
The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund
Gail Monreal
Morrison Foerster
Will Murray
National Fish & Wildlife Foundation
Laura Naughton
Susan Newman
Newman’s Own Foundation
Sally and Jimmy O’Donnell
Trevor and Julie O’Grady
ONF Conosur
Open Door Foundation
Kevin Osborne
Christopher Overall
Heath Packard
Panama Autoridad Nacional del Ambiente
Ingrid Parker and Greg Gilbert
Patagonia, Inc.
Bruce Posthumus
Puerto Rico Department of Environment and Natural Resources
John and Evelyn Readdie
Liam Revell
RJM Foundation
Christine Russell & Mark Schlesinger
Jennifer Rycenga
Salesforce Foundation
Sandler Foundation
Schmitz-Fromherz Family Fund
Peter Schuyler
Susan Scott and Craig Thomas
Walter Sedgwick
Wayne Sentman
Shanbrom Family Foundation
M. Gretchen Shea
Teri Sigler
Dan Simberloff
The Steinberg Family
Steinberg, Nutter & Brent in honor of Juanicio Steinberg
Peter Steinberg
Evelyn and Thomas Steiner
Larisa Stephan
Roger Still
Mark and Leila Sutherland
Mike Sweeney
Jack and Rikki Swenson
Bill Taylor
Glen Tepke
Steve and Brit Thal
Kathryn Tosney
Tuscan Archipelago National Park
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity
United Nations Development Programme
United Technologies
University of Auckland
Kathryn Waldman
Bill Waldman and Olivia Millard
Alex Wegmann
Karl Wegmann
Mary and John Wegmann
Devrin Weiss
David Weissman
Judy and Marlin Whitney
Margaret Willits
Willow Grove Foundation
Michael Owen Willson
Wolf Creek Charitable Foundation
Brenda Worden
Susan Young
Shawn Zach
Lynn Zhang

Advanced Conservation Strategies
Agencia de Regulación y Control de la Bioseguridad y Cuarentena para Galápagos
American Bird Conservancy
Angaur State Government, Palau
Arthur Rylah Institute
Autoridad Nacional del Ambiente de Panamá
Bahamas Environment, Science and Technology Commission
Bahamas National Trust
Bell Laboratories, Inc
BirdLife Australia
BirdLife International
BirdsCaribbean (Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds)
CABI—Trinidad and Tobago
Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI)
Central South Island Helicopters
Charles Darwin Foundation
Coastal Conservation Action Lab at UCSC
Coastal Conservation
Community Printers
Conservation International-Panama
Conservation Metrics Inc.
Conservation Society of Pohnpei
Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat
Corporación Nacional Forestal, Chile
Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF)
Departamento de Recursos Naturales y Ambientales, Puerto Rico
Department of Agriculture, Hawaii
Department of Land and Natural Resources, Hawaii
Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources, American Samoa
Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
EcoGene
Environment Canada
Fort Worth Zoo
Galápagos Conservancy
Galápagos National Park, Ecuador
Green Fish Communications
Grupo Ecología de Conservacion de Islas
Grupo Jaragua
Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site
Hawai‘i-Pacific Islands Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit
Honolulu Zoo
Houston Zoo
International Iguana Foundation
International Union for Conservation of Nature Conservation Breeding Specialist Group (CBSG)
International Union for Conservation of Nature Iguana Specialist Group (ISG)
International Union for Conservation of Nature Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG)
Invasive Species Council, Australia
John B. Iverson, PhD, Dept. of Biology, Earlham College
John G. Shedd Aquarium
Junta Parroquial “Isla Santa María,” Ecuador
Kaho`olawe Island Reserve Commission
Kaua`i Endangered Species Seabird Recovery Project
Kure Atoll Conservancy
Landcare Research, Inc.
Will Mackin, PhD
Pete McClelland
Micronesia Conservation Trust
Micronesia Regional Invasive Species Council
Ministerio de Agricultura, Chile
Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, República Dominicana
Ministry of Environment and Housing, The Bahamas
National Invasive Species Council
National Tropical Botanical Garden
NEMO Nature and Environment Management Operators
New Zealand Dept. of Conservation
New Zealand Dept. of Conservation
New Zealand Dept. of Conservation—Island Eradication Advisory Group
Norfolk Island Flora and Fauna Society
Norfolk Island National Park
North Carolina State University
Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit, University of Hawai`i
Pacific Invasives Initiative
Pacific Invasives Partnership
Pacific Rim Conservation
Palau Bureau of Agriculture
Palau Conservation Society
Palau National Invasive Species Council
Palmyra Atoll Research Consortium
Parks Canada
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
Simon Fraser University
Société d’Ornithologie de Polynésie (MANU)
SOH Conservación
The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy—Australia
The Nature Conservancy—California
The Nature Conservancy—Hawai`i
The Raptor Center, University of Minnesota
Tidepool Collective
TierraMar Consulting
Tuscany National Park, Italy
U.S. Air Force
U.S. Coast Guard
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. National Invasive Species Council
U.S. National Park Service—Channel Islands National Park
U.S. National Park Service—Haleakalā National Park
U.S. Navy – NAVFAC Pacific
Ulithi Marine Turtle Project
United Nations Development Program, Asia and the Pacific
United Nations Development Program-Small Grants Program, Dominican Republic
United Nations Environment Program, Caribbean
Universidad Católica del Norte, Chile
University of Auckland
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Hawaii – Manoa
University of Idaho
University of North Carolina
University of North Texas
University of Northern Illinois
USDA—APHIS, Wildlife Services, National Wildlife Research Center, Fort Collins, CO
USDA—APHIS, Wildlife Services, National Wildlife Research Center, Hilo, HI
USFWS—Region 1 Inventory and Monitoring Program
USFWS—Caribbean Ecological Services Field Office
USFWS—Caribbean Islands National Wildlife Refuge Complex
USFWS—Coastal Program and Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW) Program
USFWS—Division of Migratory Bird Management
USFWS—International Affairs
USFWS—Invasive Species Program
USFWS—National Wildlife Refuge System
USFWS—Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office
USFWS—Pacific Islands Refuges and Monuments Office
USFWS—Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
USFWS—SE Region (Region 4)
White Buffalo, Inc.
Joe Wasilewski
Zoológico de Puerto Rico, Dr. Juan A. Rivero

 

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