Solomon Islands Laundering Birds?

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Even red list species are being exported under the claim that they are captive bred despite the lack of breeding facilities in the archipelago. Amazingly, CITES is actually getting on the case after the practice has been going on for only ten years… a. Asides

Logging Threatens Reef Fish Nurseries in the Solomon Islands

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In the Solomon Islands, near-shore logging operations significantly reduce populations of juvenile bumphead parrotfish on their nursery grounds, according to new research from Nature Conservancy scientists, jeopardizing both reef health and local livelihoods. Historically an important species for subsistence fishermen in the Solomon Islands, bumpheads are now increasingly the targets of commercial spear fisheries.


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Rules of Engagement: Solomon Islanders Prepare for Mining

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For better or for worse, most people in the Solomon Islands , one of our planet’s most wondrous places, have little idea how mining will impact their lives. But after over three years of supporting The Nature Conservancy’s Solomon Islands program, I see that it is a pivotal time for the communities we work with there. After months of planning, which involved securing our Solomon Islands participants passports and visas (no simple task!)

Making Sea Turtles “Climate Proof”

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Consider the challenge: sea turtles nest on island beaches, one of the habitats hit hardest by rising sea levels. The recovery occurred on the largest rookery in the Solomon Islands. After 20 years, data show the number of hawskbill nests laid on the Arnavon Islands , part of the Solomons, increased by 200 percent. Climate Change Marine Reptiles asia pacific marine reptiles sea turtles Solomon Islands

Pacific Women Demand a Voice in Mining Decisions

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In the Solomon Islands, women’s groups are running an education program to help local people make more informed decisions about mining. From the Field Asia Pacific Indigenous Peoples TNC Science Women in Science

Investigating the Illegal Sea Turtle Trade

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Nature Conservancy scientists are investigating the illegal turtle trade in the Solomon Islands. From the Field Wildlife Arnavon Islands turtle tagging expedition Asia Pacific Endangered Species Herps TNC Science

Community MPAs Fail to Protect Important Reef Fish

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New science shows that community-managed protected are failing to protect two important reef fish species in the Solomon Islands. Fish & Fisheries Asia Pacific Endangered Species Fish Fisheries Indigenous Peoples Protected Areas TNC Science

Eye Level with a Whiskered Treeswift

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There are four species in the family, ranging from India to the Solomon Islands. Treeswifts are funny little things. They’re swifts, only they aren’t, actually. When they were first described they were thought to be a link between the swallows and the swifts. Of course this is nonsense, and they are clearly close to swifts, but with a hind toe that lets them perch like a swallow, they sit outside the family as well, in their own, rarely thought about, family.

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The complete guide to Dodo relatives, living and dead

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In fact, the Dodo belonged to a clade (sometimes called Raphini) of 15 remarkable, bizarre, intriguing island-adapted pigeons, some of which are still alive today, but eight of which have been hacked from the tree of life, driven to extinction by humans. All of the birds within Raphini are highly specialized for island life. The Dodo lived on Mauritius, an island east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. There were undoubtedly other raphines on small islands.

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Down But Not Out: Endangered Hawksbill Sea Turtles are Back in the Fight

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The story of the hawksbill sea turtle on the Arnavon Islands is one of them. The Arnavon Islands The Arnavon Islands are nestled within the larger chain of the Solomon Islands archipelago just east of where I grew up in Papua New Guinea. Local conservationists on the coast of the Arnavon Islands in the Solomon Islands, observe a tagged Hawksbill Sea Turtle laying eggs on the beach.

Hawksbill Turtles: A Rare Good News Story for a Species on the Brink

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The largest hawksbill turtle rookery in the Solomon Islands is showing signs of recovery – a striking bit of good news for a species that has faced 150 years of near-constant doom and gloom. After 20 years, data show the number of hawskbill nests laid on the Arnavon Islands, the focus of this paper, increased by 200 percent. The Arnavon Islands would have in the past been considered an unlikely candidate for sea turtle conservation success.

The Best of Cool Green Science 2016: From the Field Edition

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Moonrise in the Arnavon Islands. Meanwhile, the Conservancy is using a combination of policy and science to better understand the extent of the illegal shell trade in the Solomon Islands and get further protection for the Arnavons rookery. “In the field.” ” It’s where a lot of science gets done — from remote jungles to windswept deserts to the downtown business district.

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Some thoughts on scientific collecting

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The species was in the news because some scientists had finally managed (or bothered – it’s much the same thing) to locate the population high in the mountains of the Solomon Islands, and catch and photograph one. I took measurements from Chatham Bellbirds, Chatham Fernbirds, and South Island Snipe.

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Study: Tropical Forests Over-Harvested; Areas Hitting “Peak Timber”

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The team focused on an example of tropical timber practices on the Solomon Islands. The scientists found the deforestation events ongoing on the islands concerning, especially as the current practices are not just occurring on the Solomon Islands but in many areas of the tropics. Previous studies have found that the harvesting of trees in the Solomon Islands would likely cause timber to be low by 2012.

Journey to Tikopia: Conservation Challenges in Remote Melanesia

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In November 2016, my wife Sarah and I found ourselves on a domestic flight from Honiara bound for the small coastal town of Gizo in the Western Province of Solomon Islands. I first travelled to the Western Solomon’s in 1996 as a young marine science student, eager to learn all I could about the ecology and culture of this breathtakingly beautiful region. I’m far more accustomed to travelling in 23-foot banana boats and living in leaf huts when I visit the Solomons.

Headhunters, Poaching, & Arson: Community Conservation in the Arnavons

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After a 40-year history punctuated by arson, conflict, and poaching, conservation efforts in the Arnavon Islands are yielding a glimmer of hope for hawksbills sea turtles. Now, Conservancy scientists are working with local communities to make these critical islands the first site to be registered under the Solomon Islands’ 2010 Protected Area Act. By the 1800s, hawksbill shell — often erroneously called tortoiseshell — became the first major export from the Solomons.

Filling in the mystery of the newly discovered ghost whale

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When first classified as a species in 2003, Omura’s were only known in three locations – the Sea of Japan, the Solomon Islands east of Papua New Guinea, and the Keeling Islands, west of Indonesia. The map on where to find the world’s most newly discovered large whale species is rapidly beginning to be filled in.

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Trolling for Cuckoos in Costa Rica

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On one memorable occasion, I recall a birder breaking his cover while I was watching the movie, “The Thin Red Line” Given that the director of that war film is into nature and might also be a birder, I guess it was expected that a few fantastic looking birds from the Solomon Islands would appear on the screen now and then. I watch birds pretty much all the time.

Searching for a Rare Nautilus, Round 2

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In November 2015, Nature Conservancy scientist Richard Hamilton was staying at a remote lodge en route to conducting scientific fieldwork in the Solomon Islands. Passing through the thatched-roof restaurant, he noticed several, strange nautilus shells tucked above the bar, alongside other shells and driftwood washed up on the island’s beaches. A Day in the Life of a Field Scientist: Arnavon Islands Edition. But what about the Solomon Islands?

Linda Hufford: A Rehabber Comments on “Collecting” Rare Birds

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This attitude of superiority and arrogance can be seen in the recent story about a researcher on the Solomon Islands who mist trapped a bird not seen by scientists for fifty years. This week’s guest blog was written by Linda Hufford, who has been a wildlife rehabilitator specializing in raptors for over twenty years. She runs Birds of Texas Rehabilitation Center in Austin County, Texas.

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Clearing up the Collared Kingfishers

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One new Pacific island form is the Mariana Kingfisher ( Todiramphus albicilla ) from the Mariana Islands in Micronesia. The Pacific Kingfisher ( Todiramphus sacer ) is one of three species identified in the South Pacific, the other two being from the Solomon Islands and I have no images of them (The Colonist Kingfisher and Melanesian Kingfisher ).

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Gorgeous, Ethically Harvested Bespoke Wood Plantation Shutters to Transform Your Home

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The Sumatra Shutters hail from a plantation in the Solomon Islands that protects and preserves the forest and provides full accountability and traceability of this premium timber. S:CRAFT offers a range of stylish, practical and responsibly sourced shutter solutions ideal for windows, skylights, swimming pools, kitchens, french doors and dividers. Windows are the eyes to your home’s soul.

Birding Kadavu and Nadi in Fiji

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More importantly the airport in Nadi (pronounced Nandi) on the main island of Viti Levu is a major air hub and frequent stop on flights between the United States and Australia or New Zealand. I had decided to go to the southern island of Kadavu (pronounced Kandavu – see a pattern yet?), as the island had two features I really wanted, great reefs and great birding. The thirty kilometer island has four endemics, a pretty good ratio if you ask me!

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Why Conservation Needs Women: Supporting Women’s Networks for Community Conservation

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The women huddle over the sea turtle, whispering quietly in Solomon pidgin. They have lived their entire lives just a short boat ride away from these islands, which are the largest hawksbill sea turtle rookery in the South Pacific. And most of them had never even visited the Arnavon Islands, where their communities have led conservation efforts to protect this endangered species for more than 20 years.

New Protections & Tagged Turtles Provide Hope for the Arnavon Islands

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Now, a second round of tagged turtles will provide more data, while new protections in the Arnavon Islands provide a major advantage to prosecuting illegal poachers. In April 2016, Nature Conservancy scientists traveled to the remote Arnavon Islands and satellite-tagged 10 female hawksbill sea turtles. A final turtle stayed close in the Solomon Islands, migrating just 220 kilometers to a reef off of Isabel Island.

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Hyperstability: The Achilles’ Heel of Data-Poor Fisheries

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New research from the Solomon Islands indicates that hyperstability — when catch rates remain high even as fish are rapidly depleted — could be a major challenge for assessing data-poor coral reef fisheries. Nestled on the northwest corner of Isabel Island, the Kia district is surrounded by shallow coastal reefs and extensive mangrove-lined lagoons. There’s a basic logic to managing fisheries: as a fish population decreases you’ll catch fewer fish.

Countries Agree To Protect One-Third Of All Coral Reefs

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The countries agreeing to and impacted by the project include Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New guinea, East Timor, the Solomon Islands and the Philippines. This week at the World Oceans Conference in Indonesia, numerous countries made an agreement to protect coral reefs. The countries are agreeing to protect coral reefs, reduce pollution, stop over fishing and help coastal communities.

Welcome to the Sea Turtle Rodeo

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Cruising over coral reefs and seagrass meadows in the Arnavon Islands, I watch as the conservation rangers in the bow yell and point; first left, then right, then left again as a young green turtle bobs and weaves below us, trying to outrun our boat. A Safe Haven for Greens in the Solomons. In Solomon Islands, the nickname for the species is “Solomon’s beef.”). It takes real skill to catch a sea turtle…. Especially when you have to wrestle it out of the water.

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Unraveling the Mystery of Hawksbill Sea Turtle Migration

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An outboard motor roars in the distance, quickly approaching the island as the sun crests over the distant horizon. I’m here with Nature Conservancy scientists and local conservation officers in the Arnavon Islands, where we’re tagging nesting hawksbill sea turtles with satellite trackers to discover where these turtles forage in-between nesting years and the migration routes they take to get there. Four Islands On A Far Horizon.

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A Slaughter on Sikopo: Poaching Threatens Hawksbill Turtles in the Arnavons

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They were heading for the Arnavon Islands, and they were hunting turtles. It’s still legal to kill a sea turtle in the Solomons — but only for subsistence. In addition to the prohibitions on trading endangered species under CITES, the Solomon Islands 1998 Fisheries Act makes it illegal to kill a nesting turtle and to sell, purchase, or export any turtle product. The Solomons actually has great legislation for turtles, but it’s very hard to enforce,” explains Hamilton.

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Roadkill on the Ocean Highway: Can Experimental Fishing Reduce Sea Turtle Bycatch in the Pacific?

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But these tuna fisheries also generate a lot of roadkill and provide little revenue to the local countries where fish are caught, including the Solomon Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia and Palau. For example, the Solomon Islands’ per-capita GDP of $600 USD ranks it as a lesser developed nation, and more than 75 percent of its labor force is engaged in subsistence and fishing.

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The Jewel Hunter: A Book Review About One Birder’s Quest for Pittas and Beer

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Black-faced Pitta is found only on one of the Solomon Islands (northwest of Australia). ” Once he finds and photographs (if he can) the target pitta, he pauses to savor his success and then proceeds to bird the hell out of the island or park or mountain, finding endemics and specialties, birds I’ve never heard of with names like Philipine Frogmouth, Malaysian Rail-Babblier, Rusty Laughingthrush, Great Argus.

Camera Traps, Reef Restoration & Satellite Imagery: Meet the 2015 Science Impact Project Class

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James will examine the current role of women in the Conservancy’s Melanesia programs — specifically Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands — and the perceived impacts of their involvement. Kia village children in Isabel Province, Solomon Islands. Conservation needs innovative science, but it also needs articulate scientists who can convey the full impact of their work to a wide variety of audiences.

The Pelican is not a New Zealand Bird

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Australian Pelican ( Pelecanus conspicillatus ) at Centennial Park, Sydney No pelicans were recorded in New Zealand when the Europeans first arrived, and it wasn’t until 1930 that fossils of pelicans were discovered in a cave in central North Island. The answer should be obvious to any birder that enjoys a bit of twitching; they were lost.The species is actually prone to that; they regularly turn up in New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

Chasing cuckoos

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While Australian birds migrate to New Guinea, New Zealand birds migrate to the Bismark Archipelago and the Solomon Islands (there are also resident populations in New Caledonia and Vanuatu). While I sometimes complain about the lack of variety of birds in New Zealand, there are at least some birds here that are a) hard to find but b) can be found in many places.

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Smart Investments Needed to Preserve Ocean Wealth

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Along the coastal waters, land and sea intertwine in the tangle of twisted mangrove forest that encircles the islands of Micronesia. Willie Atu (on left), Project Manager for The Nature Conservancy’s Solomon Islands program showing a map of the conserved and threatened areas of the Solomons to the Mothers Union (the Mothers Union is a group of Kia women who have worked with the Conservancy to raise conservation awarness). What is the ocean worth?

Big Fish, Not Reef Fish

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I recently travelled to the island of Pohnpei, one of the states in the Federated States of Micronesia, to engage with local partners on tuna project. Pohnpei, like many Pacific islands, is facing a serious decline in their reef fish. This is quite troubling for an island community that relies heavily on reef fish as their primary source of protein. There may be an opportunity that can contribute to food security of these small Pacific Islands – tuna.

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Searching for the Rare “Crusty Nautilus” in the Bismarck Sea

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scrobiculatus have been found throughout Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, but there have been no confirmed sightings of live A. That afternoon we travelled to Ndrova Island on Matawai’s famous climate challenger canoe. Ndrova Island was one of the locations where Ward and Saunders had found Allonautilus in 1984, and in 2014 the Mbunai community declared the island and surrounding marine environment a protected area.

Why Is It Important to Conserve Biodiversity?


As John Donne famously penned, “No man is an island.” We rely upon each other. Life has existed on our planet for over. three and a half billion years. Over that time, over 95 percent of the species that have existed have become extinct and new species better adapted to threats and changing conditions have evolved. . So why worry about the loss of biodiversity now?

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The Charismatic and Elusive Birds of Manus Island

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This explosive call announces the arrival of a new day on Manus Island , in Papua New Guinea’s smallest and northernmost province. The call belongs to a bird the locals call the “ Chauka ” and ornithologists call the Manus Friarbird ( Philemon albitorques ), a species endemic to Manus Island. In the short time I spent on Manus Island, the Chauka seemed to be well known by everyone , much like the Kookaburra of Australia, Ostrich of Africa and Bald Eagle of North America.

International Fisheries Management Commission Agrees to Strategy to Amend Measures to End Pacific Bigeye Tuna Overfishing

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The issue is complex as some countries have boats on the assembly line or in the planning stages, and the small island developing states (SIDS) aspire to develop their purse seine fisheries. The Cook Island’s proposal for a Special Management Area in the Eastern High Seas Pocket was agreed to by the Commission. Participating Territories: American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, French Polynesia, Guam, New Caledonia, Tokelau, Wallis and Futuna.

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Protected Areas: Much More Than Pristine Nature

Conservancy Talk

One exciting commitment at the Congress was the Australian government’s pledge of an additional $AUD 6 million to support The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) —a joint commitment by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste to protect marine and coastal resources across the region. Kofiau is part of the Raja Ampat Islands of Indonesia located in the Coral Triangle.

Confusing Collared Kingfishers

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Vanuatu has five subspecies, Fiji has three, and the far flung Solomon Islands have twelve. It would be harder to get a stronger contrast to the dark headed Australian sordita than the form found on the Micronesian island of Saipan. Just to make things even more confusing there is a race of the Chattering Kingfisher, ruficollaris , from Mangaia in the Cook Islands, which might also be placed with the Sacred Kingfisher.

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