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BirdLife's Urgent Appeal: Saving the Tahiti Monarch from extinction

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BirdLife International is the world’s largest nature conservation partnership and the world leader in bird conservation. We believe in a world rich in biodiversity where people and nature live in harmony. We offer that hope for the future of the planet but we need your help to achieve it.

Story

Tahiti monarchs are beautiful, friendly songbirds and one of the most endangered species on the planet.  There are only 10 breeding pairs left, clinging to existence in a steep wooded valley in French Polynesia.

It is now breeding season and local children, volunteers and Manu (BirdLife in French Polynesia) are giving this year’s chicks, their parents and fledglings all the support they can by planting trees and controlling rats, an invasive species which eats chicks and eggs.   But it is raining hard in Tahiti and new threats from killer ants and other invasive predators are emerging.  

Today in Tahiti birds are nesting and eggs are hatching but we need to make the forest safe for the fledglings, please donate and make the forest safe for the fledglings.

HOW YOUR MONEY WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE

The most important conservation activity is controlling non-native predatory rats by running bait stations within the birds' territories. This is a highly effective and low cost solution, and proven to work.

£15 will run a rat baiting-station for the next three months as eggs hatch.

£30 will run a rat baiting-station for six months as chicks leave the nest for the first time. 

£60 will run a rat baiting-station for a whole year so fledglings can mature in safety and return to the breeding sites next season to raise their own young.

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  • Adult Tahiti Monarch are jet black.
  • Chicks and eggs are eaten by non-native rats.
  • Fieldwork to conserve the species is very difficult. +6

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