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Old 05-29-2009, 05:53 PM   #1
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Alien species in Pacific threaten birds
24 May 2009, 18:05

Alien species in Pacific threaten birds
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Like in science fiction films, these aliens 'take over' the space or consume foods of animals and plants that belong in the Pacific. They also often eat the native species, like birds. This can lead to native birds going extinct. Of all animals that have become extinct since 1800, 90% were island birds and 90% of these were lost to invasive species.
BirdLife International runs a programme that removes alien species, mostly rats, from islands in the Pacific, to protect the birds (and other wildlife) that inhabit these islands. This programme is funded by the Packard Foundation, the Australian government and the UK government's Darwin Initiative. In collaboration with BirdLife Partner organisations, rats have been removed from 17 biologically important islands in Fiji, French Polynesia, New Caledonia and Palau. This is good for the local wildlife, but also for the people who no longer have their crops damaged and drinking water contaminated by these pests.
Project Officer to BirdLife International's Fiji Programme, Elenoa Seniloli, said that removing these pests "has greatly improved the chance of survival of a number of Fiji's seabirds." She also said that community engagement is vital component of the project. "We would like to thank island owners in Fiji and elsewhere in the Pacific for their continued support on island restoration projects."
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