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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- Alliance Seeks the Ecological Restoration of Cocos Island - February 13, 2019
- Projet d’éradication des rats envahissants pour la protection des oiseaux marins aux Marquises : les premières réussites ! - February 8, 2019
- Press Release: First Successful Rat Removal Project in the Marquesas Protects Seabird Populations - February 8, 2019