Our world today is experiencing a major wave of species extinctions; some estimates are 1,000 times greater than historical rates. When we lose species, ecosystems unravel, and we see and feel the direct effects on the natural world, our livelihoods, and our overall well-being.

Islands represent the greatest concentration of both biodiversity and species extinctions. Island species are often evolutionarily distinctive and highly vulnerable to novel disturbances, particularly invasive species.

Invasive species, which primarily spread around the globe via human transportation systems, are a leading cause of extinctions on islands and biodiversity loss globally. As the threats of extinctions are highest on islands, so are our opportunities to save species at risk. We must act now to save island species before they are lost forever.

We envision a future in which our world’s most at-risk island animals, plants, ecosystems, and communities are thriving, safeguarded from damaging invasive species, and thus more resilient to other emergent conservation threats.

Invasive species removal is one of the most impactful interventions available today for protecting island ecosystems. This is why we are inspired to partner with individuals like you and other organizations. Together, we can make a measurable difference on Earth—we can prevent extinctions.

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On Guadalupe Island, Mexico, there are thirty-four plants found nowhere else on Earth—almost all of them endangered because feral goats decimated the landscape. The top of the island was once covered with forest, but by 1948, the forest was down to only 1 percent of its former extent. We first put up fences (pictured above) to exclude goats from certain areas, and the results were dramatic. In 2003, working with Grupo de Ecología y Conservación de Islas (GECI) and the local community, we removed feral goats entirely from the island. Within a few years, there were more than 10,000 pine seedlings, 120,000 cypress seedlings, and 770 seedlings of the island’s endemic palm. Additionally, six species thought to be extinct were rediscovered.

 

 

A gift to Island Conservation in your estate plan will build a legacy and assure a future in which island species thrive. By including Island Conservation in your will, your estate may receive significant tax savings. A designated sum or a certain percentage of a residuary estate can be donated or consider making Island Conservation a full or partial beneficiary of your IRA, 401(k) or other qualified retirement plan.  If you choose to provide for Island Conservation in your estate plans, please contact the development manager at giving@islandconservation.org or 831-359-4787.

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Gifts of long-term appreciated stock are an easy way to provide crucial support to Island Conservation and increase your giving. Benefits may include: income tax and capital gain tax savings. Consult your financial advisor on the potential benefits.

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The Pension Protection Act of 2006 gives those at least 70½ years of age the opportunity to make tax-free charitable gifts, including the minimum required distribution.

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Donating real estate to Island Conservation may give you a tax deduction on the fair market value of the real estate and help you avoid the capital gains tax you may incur if you were to sell the property.

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Your current/former employer may double or triple your generous contribution to Island Conservation.

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Celebrate special events or the memory of a special person in your life by making an honorary gift. Please make sure to include the honoree’s name when you make your donation.

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