Island Conservation

Protecting The Most Vulnerable Extinction rates are exponentially greater on islands than on the mainland: Ninety-five percent of bird extinctions, 90 percent of reptile, 69 percent of mammal and 68 percent of plant extinctions occur on islands, where geographic limitations coupled with invaders can spell trouble for sensitive native species. Started in Santa Cruz by UCSC researchers in 1997, Island Conservation works on various island sites around the globe to prevent extinctions by removing invasive species from the islands. 

Targeted conservation sites include the Galápagos, Chile’s Robinson Crusoe Island and several islands in the Caribbean. A few of Island Conservation's successes include protecting the Scripps’s Murrelet on Anacapa Island, California; restoring critical seabird habitat on Hawadax Island (formerly Rat Island), Alaska; and re-discovering a gecko species thought to be extinct on Rábida Island, Galápagos.

The Island Conservation's Santa Cruz office is located at:

2161 Delaware Ave., Suite A
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Read more about the organization's current and past projects on the Island Conservation website.

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