Island and Predator News:
View or download our new video online! ISLAND INVADERS: How invasive predators are changing the face of seabird islands is the story of seabird islands, their importance, and the invaders that threaten them. The video was produced by Scientific Outreach Media for the SEAPRE Research Coordination Network with support from the National Science Foundation.
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The RSPB announces non-native rat eradication efforts on Henderson Island [Surfbird News].
The RSPB has just released new footage of a petrel chick being killed on Henderson Island.
Check out The Economist's Correspondent's Diary on Ascension Island.
Jobs have been updated as of August 16, 2010.
The Peruvian government recently placed key seabird areas under protection. 22 bird islands and 11 peninsulas that support dense seabird nesting colonies have been added to the country's national system of protected areas. More at commondreams.org
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is seeking public comments on the Environmental Assessment of Invasive Species Eradication for Habitat Restoration on Tangik, Poa, and Sud Islands. This Assessment analyzes the consequences of two alternatives, a no action alternative and the proposed action of eradicating introduced European rabbits from Tangik and Poa Islands and introduced hoary marmots from Sud Island to allow the native ecosystems to recover. Introduced hoary marmots and European rabbits compete with native burrow-nesting seabirds for burrows, disturb seabirds during egg laying and incubation causing nest abandonment, and alter native plant communities. The proposed project would restore ecosystems for the benefit of native seabirds and vegetation. Uninhabited Tangik and Poa are in the eastern Aleutian Island chain about 12 miles from Akutan and 750 miles west of Anchorage. Sud is in the Barren Islands 60 miles south of Homer. The Environmental Assessment and other informational materials can be viewed or downloaded here.
If you need a paper copy of the Assessment or have trouble opening it, contact us at the e-mail below or call us at (907) 235-6546. Written comments will be accepted on the Environmental Assessment through February 10, 2010, and can be submitted by e-mail to email@example.com or by fax to (907) 235-7783 or by mail to Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, 95 Sterling Hwy., Suite 1, Homer, AK 99603. If you have any questions, please contact Steven J. Delehanty, Refuge Manager, Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 907-235-6546.
A recent article on the Miller-McCune website highlights the trials and tribulations of island restoration. [Miller-McCune]
The Ka'ena Point Fencing Project (Hawai'i) public hearing will be held on October 5. If you cannot attend, we encourage you to submit a written testimony via email to Elizabeth Krueger at the Department of Planning and Permitting. Read more about Kaena Point and the predator fence project at restorekaena.org.
Jobs have been updated as of August 15, 2009 (One new position).
The Rat Island eradication project in Alaska receives a Partners in Conservation Award for work to remove rats from the Aleutian island. [Fairbanks Daily News-Miner]
Photos of the 2009 meeting in Washington State have been added.
Jobs have been updated as of May 3, 2009.
BirdLife International received a grant to implement a three-year island conservation program in the Pacific. 'Restoration of Priority Pacific Island Ecosystems for People and Biodiversity', aims to improve the quality of life and livelihoods of people through the restoration and sustainable management of island ecosystems in Palau and Fiji. [BirdLife International]
Conferences: The Centre for Biodiversity and Biosecurity will host a conference entitled Island Invasives: Eradication and Management. It will be held in Auckland, New Zealand from February 8-12 2010. They are currently calling for papers, with registration opening in June.
In late 2007, hundreds of dead seabirds washed onto the shores of Monterey Bay, California. Scientists say they’ve solved the mystery of what killed them: A surfactant-producing red tide that was previously an unrecognized cause of death. [Conservation Magazine]
The research of Scott Shaffer and SEAPRE member Hillary Young and has been featured on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered" as part of their Climate Connections series. Read about and listen to the story here: Researchers Track Boobies for Climate Change Data
Literature section has been updated as of 22 January 2009.
The 2009 SEAPRE Junior Scientist Exchange Program application is online. The application deadline is March 15, 2009. Click for more information.
Transition to digital television affected by the Hawaiian Dark-Rumped Petrel, of all things. "Hawaii was moving to all-digital TV before the Feb. 17 date set for the rest of the nation because of an endangered bird, the Hawaiian dark-rumped petrel. Broadcasters and park rangers want to take down analog transmission towers on the slopes of Maui's Haleakala volcano before the bird's nesting season." [Yahoo Tech News]
Lehua Island Rat Eradication: On January 6, 2009, rat eradication on Lehua Island in Hawaii began. Read, watch, and listen to KGMB Channel 9 and Hawaii Public Radio as they covered the story...
New Funding Opportunity: Partnerships in International Research and Education (PIRE) program of the National Science Foundation's Office of International Science & Engineering. Download the .pdf for more details.
Jobs have been updated as of December 1, 2008, with a new posting for Project Coordinator for the Pacific Invasives Initiative.
Mark your calendars! Information about the 2009 meeting in Washington State has been added. Click here for more information.
Conferences: Two new conferences have been announced in February 2010: Ecology of Insular Biotas II, held in Wellington, New Zealand from 1-5 February, 2010. Also, Island Invasives: Eradication and Management will be held in Auckland, New Zealand from 8-12 February, 2010. Download information here (.pdf) and book your tickets to New Zealand!
New website section:We've added a Literature section where we'll be adding relevant literature as it comes up. We often can't post .pdfs (due to copyright restrictions) but will provide citations and contact info for authors, who often can distribute .pdfs.
Conferences: The First World Seabird Conference will take place on 7-11 September 2010 at Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The conference will be hosted by the Pacific Seabird Group. More information about the conference is available in the first announcement (.pdf download).
Peru guards its seabird guano supplies as prices for synthetic fertilizers soar [New York Times].
The public meeting, originally scheduled for May 19 at the Shoals Marine Laboratory Creek Farm, has been postponed. It will now be held on August 12, 2008 as part of the Gulf of Maine Seabird Working Group at the Maine Audobon camp on Hog Island in Bremen, Maine. More details to follow...
The awardees for the 2008 Junior Scientist Exchange Program have been chosen! Meet the winners.
Several SEAPRE partners have a paper published in the February 2008 issue of Conservation Biology entitled "Severity of the Effects of Invasive Rats on Seabirds: A Global Review". Email Holly Jones if you'd like a .pdf of this review.
National Geographic News also covers this paper in an online article entitled "Rat Invasions Causing Seabird Decline Worldwide [National Geographic News].
Science writer Hugh Powell shares his thoughts on a recent Ecology Letters paper authored by several SEAPRE partners [Surf. Bird. Scribble].
National Geographic News explains the rat invasion history and future extirpation on Alaska's Rat Island, in the Aleutians [National Geographic News].
Rats to be eradicated from Fiji's Ringgold Isles for the benefit of seabird breeding [Bird Life International].
Podcast audio program: Removing invasive predators from seabird breeding colonies "could save more seabirds for less cost than reductions in fishing" from SEAPRE partner Dr. Chris Wilcox of CSIRO (Australia) [CSIROPOD].
Scientist (and SEAPRE partner) James Russell is interviewed about radio-tracking a clever, swimming invasive rat in New Zealand. [NPR's All Things Considered, 23 October 2005].