LA Times Covers Research by Island Conservation’s Director of Science

The LA Times recently covered a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that highlights the benefits of invasive species eradication. One of the authors of the paper and Island Conservation’s Director of Science Nick Holmes calls the paper a “story of hope.”

The study examined the impacts of eradication projects on islands in New Zealand, Australia, Ecuador, Seychelles, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and Mexico. The Scripps’s Murrelet, a tiny rare seabird, is one of 236 native island species that benefited from eradication projects. The Island Fox (photo above), whose numbers fell dangerously close to extinction, is doing so well after eradication efforts that it may lose its “endangered” status.

 Island Conservation Science Murrelet Chick
 Scripps’s Murrelet Chick. Photo by Shaye Wolf

Here’s an intervention that we can see an impact within a lifetime. It’s a reason to celebrate.

Featured Image: San Nicolas Island Fox. Photo: Rory Stansbury/Island Conservation

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Island Conservation prevents extinctions by removing invasive species from islands. To date, we have successfully restored 63 islands worldwide, benefiting 1173 populations of 468 species and subspecies. Working together with local communities, government management agencies, and conservation organizations, we select islands that have the greatest potential for preventing the extinction of globally threatened species.

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