Islands are home to 20% of all bird, reptile, and plant species, but introduced, non-native (invasive) species threaten the biodiversity of many islands around the world. Lehua Island is no exception. The island provides important nesting habitat for native seabirds.
Attempts by the ESA Threatened (IUCN Endangered) Newell’s Shearwater to establish a breeding colony on Lehua have failed since invasive predators have been brought to the island. Following the removal of invasive rats, Lehua can become a key breeding site and the largest invasive mammal-free habitat for this highly imperiled seabird.To safeguard Hawai’i’s seabirds and Lehua’s ecological vitality, conservationists have made plans to remove invasive rats from the island.
- How Removing Rats Helped to Save Midway’s Seabirds - February 14, 2018
- In Defense of Biodiversity: Why Protecting Species from Extinction Matters - February 14, 2018
- A Century Later, Hope Resurfaces for Threatened Seabirds After Invasive Rabbit Removal - February 7, 2018
- Managing Invasive Species Around the World – Successes, Failures, and Hope for the Future - February 5, 2018
- Why Birds Matter, and are Worth Protecting - February 1, 2018
- Midway’s Albatross: A New Threat Puts the World’s Largest Colony at Risk - January 22, 2018
- IUCN: Invasive Species and Climate Change - January 18, 2018
- Guam Rails Run Free on Rota Island - January 10, 2018
- Wisdom Returns to Midway Atoll - January 3, 2018
- Rapid Assessment Team Deployed to Lehua After Two Rodents Detected - January 3, 2018