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.
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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