Marine plastic debris : an olfactory trap for marine wildlife

Marine plastic debris emits a keystone infochemical for olfactory foraging seabirds Matthew S. Savoca1,2,*, Martha E. Wohlfeil1,2, Susan E. Ebeler3 and Gabrielle A. Nevitt1,2,* Abstract Plastic debris is ingested by hundreds of species of organisms, from zooplankton to baleen whales, but how such a diversity of consumers can mistake plastic for their natural prey is…

Le Monarque de Tahiti au Festival Ono’u 2016

En parcourant la ville de Papeete (Tahiti) à la découverte des nouvelles œuvres du Festival Ono’u 2016, ne manquez pas la peinture murale géante de Charles et Janine Williams (Phat1 et Lady Diva) sur le mur aimablement prêté par le magasin Yune Tung à Fare Ute.     Faisons connaissance avec le Monarque de Tahiti…

Dogs protect Lorikeets in French Polynesia

Invasive alien predators, especially rats, are the biggest threat to the birds of the Pacific region i.e. Lorikeets. Their spread across the Pacific has followed the movements of people, particularly Europeans, over the last two centuries. These invaders, as they “stepped off the boat”, heralded the beginning of the decline of many bird species. The…

Effortless and Extreme: Frigatebirds in Flight

Research reveals incredible details about Frigatebirds and their flying abilities.  Read more on the website of Island Conservation : A Frigatebird is a tropical seabird with an impressive 6-foot wingspan. Its feathers are not waterproof–which is surprising for a seabird–and being unable to land on water, they have adapted astounding flying abilities. Frigatebirds spend so much…

Invasive species eradication benefits biodiversity

How invasive species eradication benefits biodiversity?   A global study was published in February 2016 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. A team of thirty scientists, including Nick Holmes, Director of Science at Island Conservation, found that : “596 populations of 236 native species on 181 islands benefited from 251 eradications.” These…

IBAs 2016 in Danger

You’ve heard of many of the world’s critically endangered species. The Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) in Danger are the world’s critically endangered sites. By Shaun Hurrell, Zoltan Waliczky, Tue, 16/02/2016   How do you effectively conserve the world’s birds and other nature with limited resources? You need to prioritise important places for conservation…

Le Monarque de Fatu Hiva

Le monarque de Fatu Hiva – Oma’o ke’eke’e – est en voie d’extinction depuis la colonisation de l’île par le rat noir dans les années 90. Cette espèce d’oiseau n’existe que sur cette île et nulle part ailleurs dans le monde. Considéré comme l’oiseau des dieux, cet oiseau est protégé par l’association Manu contre les…