Say goodbye to what was once called “Rat Island.” Native birds are reclaiming Hawadax Island as their own, thanks to the removal of invasive species in 2008 by Island Conservation, USFWS Alaska, and The Nature Conservancy.
Bird species that were absent prior to rat eradication but now found on Hawadax include tufted puffins, song sparrows and snow buntings, the study said. There were no puffin burrows in 2008; in 2013, the scientists found six.
The return of native birds to the island is a superb outcome of arduous conservation efforts. The results are promising for current and future projects; invasive species removal gives native plants and animals a chance to rebound and flourish, and the results are simply beautiful all around.
You can read more about the recovery on Hawadax Island here!
Feature photo by Poppy Benson.
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