2018 Ordinary General Meeting of the SOP

The Ordinary General Meeting of MANU held on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Samuel Raapoto High School (thank you for the welcome!). With a quorum reached at first blow – thanks to the members who came and to those who took the time to send their powers. It was studious but in the same time…

The Origin of Flight – What Use is Half a Wing?

“What use is half a wing?” As a rebuttal to Darwin’s (1859) explanation of the origin and diversification of life, St. George Jackson Mivart (1871) posed a challenge. With this simple question, Mivart challenged Darwin to explain the adaptive role of intermediate forms within an evolutionary continuum, prompting Darwin to expand on the concept of…

Seabird rescuing network in French Polynesia – Award 2017

The Seabird rescuing network of French Polynesia is a group of volunteers who care for and release grounded and injured seabirds, mostly petrels. Most of the ‘sauveteurs’ are members of the BirdLife Partner SOP Manu, which coordinates their work, and which has nominated the group as Nature’s Heroes for 2017. To Read more : http://www.birdlife.org/pacific/news/saluting-natures-heroes-who-help-dazed-seabirds…

Colors of birds feathers

Colors of birds feathers and climate: is there a connection? Gloger’s rule states that birds living in humid climates tend to have darker pigmentation. Darker feathers are believed to be useful for defense against parasites, temperature regulation, and camouflage. However, researchers are uncertain about the validity of these explanations. The specifics of how and why…

Sauvons les oiseaux de Polynésie française

La Polynésie française abrite de nombreuses espèces d’oiseaux qu’on ne trouve nulle part ailleurs sur Terre. S’étendant sur une grande étendue de l’océan Pacifique Sud, ce territoire se compose d’un groupe de 118 îles et atolls. Décrit par certains comme l’endroit le plus beau de la Terre pour ses plages de sable blanc et ses…

Ifloveconservation Helps Saving Polynesian Birds

Saving French Polynesian Birds – Interview with Thomas Ghestemme from SOP Manu. Written by Marta Noblejas – 2nd August 2017 http://www.ifloveconservation.com/saving-french-polynesian-birds.html Stretching over a large expanse of the South Pacific Ocean, French Polynesia consists of a group of 118 islands and atolls. Described by some as the most beautiful place on Earth for its white…

The call of the seabird

Researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz are developing new acoustic monitoring techniques that could aid seabird conservation. Abe Borker, a Seabird Biologist, is trying to make population studies of seabirds more cost-effective and efficient. Borker explains that based on the call of some species of seabirds, you can estimate their population size. Why…

Birds of Eastern Polynesia. A biogeographic Atlas

Birds of Eastern Polynesia, by Jean-Claude Thibault & Alice Cibois, is the first biogeographic Atlas of the birds of one of the largest areas of Oceania. We are pleased to send you a pre-publication announcement for our forthcoming book on birds of Eastern Polynesia The book treats all of the 241 species, including extinct birds,…

Five remote Pacific islands are paradise again!

Five remote Pacific islands are once again safe heavens for four of our world’s rarest bird species following the success of one of the most ambitious island restoration projects ever implemented. Just two years after ambitious efforts by a team of international conservation organisations to rid French Polynesia’s Acteon & Gambier island groups of invasive…