Island Arks Symposium IV – Norfolk Island 2016

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Found only on Australia’s Norfolk Island, the population of the Norfolk Island Parakeet plummeted to only 32 birds in 1988 – making it among the most endangered birds in the world. The main cause of this desperate situation was predation by invasive rats and feral cats and competition for nest-sites from introduced invasive parrots and starlings.

 

Norfolk Island will play host to the fourth Island Arks Symposium in February 2016, focusing on a range of themes including conservation tourism, new advances in pest control and eradication, links between marine and island translocations.

Norfolk Island is in the southwest Pacific, 1400km east of mainland Australia, and has strong ecological affinities with New Zealand. It is also one of the few islands founded on a seamount in the warm temperate zone.

The Norfolk Island Group is a globally important biodiversity hotspot and has been designated as an ‘Important Bird Area’ by Birdlife International. It is home to the endangered Norfolk Island green parakeet.

The symposium will be held 20-27 February 2016 and include a number of field trips, including trekking on Philip Island, which supports one of the largest breeding populations of red-tailed tripic birds in Australia, and the chance to see pelagic sea birds.


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