Current Conservation Projects:
In the summer of 2016, we will return to Ua Huka with 5 major goals:
1. Perform the second comprehensive census count of the ultramarine lorikeet, and compare the results to the census of 2009 to assess population stability.
2. Test newly designed rat-resistant nest boxes to see if the lorikeet will use them.
3. Perform a rat survey to assess rat species and populations.
4. Monitor the rat bait stations on the wharf that were installed by MANU. The bait stations are the first line of defense against black rat invasion of Ua Huka.
5. Document the conservation effort and present the results.
This work is critical, because Ua Huka is the only island that still has a population of the CITES Appendix I endangered Vini ultramarina. If the black rat
invades Ua Huka, then Vini ultramarina will almost definitely become extinct within a few years. Invasion of neighboring Marquesan islands by the black rat
has led to the rapid disappearance of the lorikeet on those islands. Eradication of the black rat on those islands has proven unachievable to date.
If you are interested in assisting the ultramarine lorikeet conservation effort of 2016, please help by donating below. All donations are tax deductible.
Wing and a Prayer
Loriidae Preservation and Restoration
501(c)3 charitable, educational, and scientific non-profit organization
Dedicated to the Domestic Rescue and International Conservation of Lories and Lorikeets