Island Conservation Is Committed to the Protection of Island Life

Mission Statement

Island Conservation’s mission is to prevent extinctions by removing invasive species from islands.


Island Conservation began as an idea shared by University of California, Santa Cruz professors Don Croll and Bernie Tershy after witnessing the impacts of invasive species on islands in Mexico first-hand while conducting their seabird research. These humble beginnings grew into a network of conservationists in 1994 and became an international non-profit organization in 1997. Today, Island Conservation is on the front lines of preventing extinctions and working to expand the boundaries of island conservation efforts worldwide.

We work together with local communities, government management agencies, and conservation organizations on islands with the greatest potential for preventing the extinction of globally threatened species. We develop comprehensive and humane plans for the removal of invasive species, implement the removal of invasive species; and conduct research to better understand how invasive species removal changes and benefits island ecosystems and to inform future conservation action.

Island Conservation is headquartered in Santa Cruz, CA with field offices in Australia, British Columbia, Chile, Ecuador, Hawaii, New Zealand, and Puerto Rico. Since our founding in 1994, Island Conservation and our partners have successfully restored 60 islands worldwide, benefiting 1090 populations of 399 species and subspecies.