Islands are home to the greatest concentrations of native plants and animals on Earth. They are also hotspots for extinctions – 80 per cent of known extinctions have been on islands, and 40 per cent of animals currently threatened with extinction are island dwellers.
Join Dr Raymond Nias, Regional Director Southwest Pacific Program, Island Conservation, as he outlines past, present and future efforts to remove the leading cause of extinctions on islands – invasive animals.
When: Monday 20 November 2017, 7pm-8:30pm (follows our AGM at 6.15pm).
Where: The Royal Society of Victoria, 8 La Trobe St, Melbourne.
Food: Snacks and drinks available before and after the talk.
Island species are incredibly unique, yet they are highly vulnerable to novel disturbances.
Invasive species are a leading cause of extinctions on islands and of biodiversity loss globally. As the threats of extinctions are highest on islands, so are our opportunities to save species at-risk. We will lose island species forever, unless we act to save them now.
Removing a primary threat — introduced invasive vertebrates — is one of the most critical interventions for saving threatened plants and animals and restoring island ecosystems. This is why Island Conservation and the Invasive Species Council partner with individuals and organisations to prevent extinctions by removing invasive species from islands.
Dr Nias will give an overview of past, present and future efforts to eradicate vertebrate animals from islands of the Southwest Pacific, New Zealand and Australia.
Please join us for this special joint event between the Invasive Species Council and Island Conservation. RSVP preferred. Book your free tickets online to secure your place at ‘Saving Island Species – Eradicating Invasive Animals’.