Hawadax Island (Rat Island) makeover: more than just a name change
Hawadax Island has come alive with birdsong! “The island is hardly recognizable among the cacophony of birds calling everywhere; it’s alive with bird fledglings-teals, eiders, wrens, sparrows, eagles, peregrine falcons, gulls, sandpipers.
The island is transforming,” says Stacey Buckelew, an Island Conservation biologist who has just returned from Hawadax Island (formerly Rat Island) where she is helping document early stages of an extraordinary recovery.
In 2008, Island Conservation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and The Nature Conservancy worked together to remove invasive rats from the island. Once eerily quiet, today the island is thriving with seabirds, some breeding there for the first time ever recorded.
Posted on: May 11, 2015
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