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.
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- Social Distancing: Conservation Edition - April 1, 2020
- Midway Atoll Seabird Protection Project Postponed - March 25, 2020
- The Call of the Wild: Using Sound to Help Imperiled Species and Ecosystems - March 5, 2020
- Speaking up for Island Wildlife at the United Nations - March 1, 2020
- New York Times Magazine Features Island Conservation and the Opportunities and Challenges Surrounding Gene Drives - January 14, 2020
- New Expert Findings Seek to Protect U.S. National Parks from Invasive Animal Species - December 17, 2019
- Dreams Become Reality: Peruvian Diving-petrels Return to Chañaral Island, Chile - December 10, 2019
- Island Conservation Earns Coveted 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator - November 12, 2019
- Press Release: Opportunities and Knowledge Gaps in Gene Drive Research - November 7, 2019