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2016 Island Conservation Highlights

We looked back at our blog posts this year, and found that there was plenty to celebrate! Take a look at these conservation highlights from 2016.

Conservation Status and Population Size Improvements

  • Bronx Zoo helps achieve downlisting from Critically Endangered to Endangered for Blue Iguanas.
  • After a close call with extinction, Hawaiian Crows recover and return to the wild.
  • South Island Takahe averts extinction and sets out on the road to recovery.
  • West Coast Wildlife Centre Hatches 101 Tokoeka Kiwi Chick
  • Conservation Intervention Rescues Murrelets from Potential Endangerment
  • Sightings of Night Parrot, once thought extinct, are increasing.
  • Success in captive breeding of Critically Endangered Stick Insect
  • Thanks to conservation efforts, Eastern Barred Bandicoots are rebounding from extinction.
  • Critically Endangered Tāiko has record breeding season.
  • Island Foxes officially no longer Endangered.
  • Kākāpō population gets a much-needed boost.
  • Rare New Zealand plant, Ngutukākā, saved from extinction.
  • Endangered Green Sea Turtles return to Florida in record numbers.
  • California Condors rise from the brink of extinction.

Conservation/Project Successes and Milestones

  • Restoration of Macquarie Island Supports Seabirds.
  • Choros Island, Chile ecosystem recovering following invasive species removal.
  • Critical Hawaiian Petrel nesting area protected from invasive predators.
  • Restoration project successfully removes invasive rats from Penguin Island, AU.
  • Invasive mice removed from Maud Island, NZ.
  • Critical Jamaican Rock Iguana habitat protected.
  • Palmyra Atoll exhibits signs of recovery following removal of invasive rats.
  • South Island Robins moved to predator-free island.
  • Invasive ants removed from Tiritiri Matanga Island.
  • Malta marine areas receive protection.
  • Endangered Black-fronted Terns receive protection.
  • Invasive rats successfully removed from Malinoa and Motu Tapu Islands.
  • Murchison and Faraday Islands, British Columbia, declared rat-free.
  • Hawadax Island recovering after removal of invasive rats.

Big Picture

  • New Zealand takes leadership role to reduce impacts of invasive species
  • New partnership forms to protect Key Biodiversity Areas
  • Mexico designates Marine Protected Areas.
  • Global Initiative Launched to Reduce Impacts of Invasive Species

Exciting Wildlife News

And to keep in mind as we move forward in conservation:

Thanks and congratulations to all who have supported the recovery of species and ecosystems this year! Here’s to another year of conservation success!

Featured photo: Albatross parent and chick on Antipodes Island. Credit: Jason Zito/Island Conservation

 

About Sara Kaiser

Sara received a BA in anthropology from UC Santa Cruz in 2014. As a freelance writer and editor, she seeks to clarify the importance of biodiversity, ecological awareness, and the urgency of extinction prevention efforts. She embraces the philosophical dimensions of conservation and seeks to better understand how patterns of thinking play into our relationships with ourselves and the natural world.

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