Henderson Lorikeet

News: Henderson Island Restoration Project

Zegrahm Contributor|April 21, 2010|Blog Post

Zegrahm Expeditions is excited to be part of a large restoration project, led by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), to help save the endemic bird species and restore precious wildlife habitat of Henderson Island, part of the Pitcairn Island group in the South Pacific. Zegrahm has visited Henderson Island a number of times over the last 20 years and we are visiting it again on our upcoming Tahiti to Easter Island voyage.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Henderson Island is one of the most remote islands on the planet and the most pristine raised coral atoll of significant size in the world. It is home to four unique land-birds found nowhere else on Earth: the Henderson fruit-dove, Henderson lorikeet, Henderson crake, and Henderson reed-warbler. The island is also the only known nesting site of the Henderson petrel, and represents the global headquarters of the highly threatened gadfly petrel group. Despite its remote and uninhabited status, Henderson’s biodiversity is currently under threat due to the presence of introduced Pacific rats. The restoration project, scheduled to begin in September 2011 (should enough funds get raised), will eradicate the entire rat population by late 2013 to save the Henderson petrel from extinction and increase seabird numbers exponentially.

Zegrahm cofounder and seabird expert, Peter Harrison, is working closely with the RSPB to help raise awareness and funds for this important project. Peter, along with his wife Shirley Metz, will join our Tahiti to Easter Island expedition to assist with research. This award-winning voyage begins in Tahiti before visiting the Tuamotus, Marqueasas, Pitcairns, and ending in enigmatic Easter Island.

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