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.
- Tell the Albatross: Help is on the Way! - May 17, 2018
- Invasive Mice Endanger the Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross on Gough Island - May 15, 2018
- The Not-So-Bore-ing Truth That Could Threaten the California Islands - May 14, 2018
- Living on Earth Podcast Talks about Year of the Bird - May 11, 2018
- National Geographic Highlights the Successful Removal of Invasive Rats on South Georgia Island - May 10, 2018
- BBC Features the Successful Removal of Invasive Rodents from South Georgia Island - May 9, 2018
- Million Dollar Mouse: What’s Next for the Islands of the Subantarctic? - May 9, 2018
- International Team Removes Invasive Rats to Protect Food Supplies, Livelihoods, and Native Wildlife on Tropical Pacific Island - May 8, 2018
- First Translocated Laysan Albatross Chick Returns as an Adult - May 2, 2018
- Scientific American: Redonda Island Lizards on the Evolutionary Fast-Track after Invasive Species Removal - May 1, 2018