Science & Research
Species Extinction

Birds to Reef

  • Main problem:
    Species Extinction
  • Subproblem:
    Loss of Biodiversity
  • Consequence:
    Development of solutions , Loss of biodiversity
  • Solution:
    Removal of invasive species

Islands and coral reefs are at the forefront of the global extinction crisis as they bear the brunt of climate change. Island Conservation and Tetiaroa Society are working together to address this threat by making the science-based case for island restoration as a tool for coral conservation.

By removing one of the leading threats to island wildlife—damaging, invasive rats—we will secure Tetiaroa atoll for seabirds, endangered green sea turtles, coconut crabs, translocated endangered birds, and native plants. All this while researchers confirm the causal linkages between terrestrial conservation and reef health and climate resilience—creating a global model for preventing extinctions and protecting coral reefs.
Islands are at the center of our current extinction and climate crisis, and it will require every resource at our disposal to protect these important ecosystems.  As Laura Dern explains in our Birds to Reef video, Tetiaroa Society and Island Conservation are taking action to preserve Tetiaroa Atoll for generations to come by removing invasive species—one of the greatest threats to islands around the world. Their effort will serve as a global model for other tropical islands.

If you want to help close the funding gap for this ground-breaking project, please consider donating today!

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