Before removal of invasive species, an estimated 200,000 mice on Antipodes Island were eating their way through between 500 kg and 1000 kg of food per day, depriving native species of crucial resources. How are things looking eighteen months later, following a restoration project?
Recent data from the island shows that Pipit, Snipe, and Parakeet populations have rebounded to similar or higher levels than before and immediately after the 2016 operation. The trend suggests further increases are likely. Continued sampling next summer will help scientists estimate at what number the populations will stabilize.
With the damaging mice now out of the equation, the unique species of Antipodes Island will no longer have to compete for limited resources, and invertebrates will have total respite from being a mouse’s favorite meal.
With each passing year, you can expect to see the island shift closer and closer to its pre-mouse invasion state – providing even more inspiration to look towards the next big goal: a predator free New Zealand subantarctic. Next stop: Auckland Islands…
- Join Island Conservation at Santa Cruz Works Get Biotech Event - August 26, 2019
- Nature Features GBIRd—The Promise of Gene Drives - July 10, 2019
- A New Toolkit to Accelerate Ocean Conservation: Ocean Genomic Horizon Scan - June 26, 2019
- BBC News: When Sustainable Tourism Works - June 4, 2019
- Earth Day Every Day—Six Bright Spots in Conservation - April 22, 2019
- 169 Islands that Offer Hope for Stemming the Extinction Crisis - March 26, 2019
- Press Release: Six Main Threats Drive Global Seabird Decline - March 18, 2019
- Your Chance to Help Protect Paradise on Lord Howe Island - March 14, 2019
- Protecting Land and Sea – Conservation on Ulithi Atoll - March 5, 2019
- Protecting Midway’s Seabirds - February 19, 2019