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  • Another island at risk? Mice have commenced to attack albatross chicks on sub-Antarctic Marion Island UPDATED

    A paper published on-line in 2009 and in the February 2010 issue of the journal Antarctic Science by researchers at the Percy FitzPatrick Institute, University of Cape Town, South Africa has shown that it is not only Gough Island in the South Atlantic...

    https://www.acap.aq/news/news-archive/22-2009-news-archive/496-another-island-at-risk-mice-have-commenced-to-attack-albatross-chicks-on-sub-antarctic-marion-island
  • From Enderby to Gough: eradicating alien mice on seabird islands

    Enderby Island at 700 ha still remains the largest island from which the introduced House Mouse Mus musculus has definitely been removed - back in 1993. Enderby is part of New Zealand's Auckland Island group and supports a population of ACAP-listed...

    https://www.acap.aq/news/news-archive/23-2010-news-archive/648-from-enderby-to-gough-eradicating-alien-mice-on-seabird-islands
  • Happy New Year! Southern Giant Petrels on Gough not affected by introduced House Mice

    It must now be well known that the Tristan Albatrosses Diomedea dabbenena and several other seabird species that breed on Gough Island are deleteriously affected by attacks on their chicks by the introduced House Mouse Mus musculus . For news of how...

    https://www.acap.aq/news/news-archive/24-2011-news-archive/1020-happy-new-year-southern-giant-petrels-on-gough-not-affected-by-introduced-house-mice
  • Testing poison baits: further progress towards ridding Gough Island of its "killer mice" to save the Critically Endangered Tristan Albatross

    Richard Cuthbert of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and colleagues report this month in the journal Wildlife Research on the susceptibility to poison bait of the "killer mice" of Gough Island, home of the Critically Endangered Tristan...

    https://www.acap.aq/news/news-archive/24-2011-news-archive/846-testing-poison-baits-further-progress-towards-ridding-gough-island-of-its-qkiller-miceq-to-save-the-critically-endangered-tristan-albatross
  • ACAP Breeding Sites No. 26. Prince Edward, South Africa’s alien mammal-free sub-Antarctic island

    NASA Earth Observer 1 ALI satellite photograph Prince Edward Island is the smaller of the two Prince Edward Islands, South African property in the southern Indian Ocean. Unlike its larger neighbour with its year-round weather and research station,...

    https://www.acap.aq/news/news-archive/60-2013-news-archive/1366-acap-breeding-sites-no-26-prince-edward-south-africa-s-alien-mammal-free-sub-antarctic-island
  • Differing fortunes of Grey and White-chinned Petrels at South Africa’s Marion Island

    Over the past 14 month’s field researchers, Ben Dilley and Delia Davis of the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology , University of Cape Town, have studied four species of burrowing petrels on South Africa’s Marion Island . Grey Petrel on...

    https://www.acap.aq/news/news-archive/60-2013-news-archive/1383-differing-fortunes-of-grey-and-white-chinned-petrels-at-south-africa-s-marion-island
  • Two more albatross species reported attacked by the “killer” mice of Gough Island

    Richard Cuthbert ( Royal Society for the Protection of Birds ) and colleagues have published in the journal Antarctic Science of yet more harm being caused by predatory House Mice Mus musculus on Gough Island – this time reporting attacks on a further...

    https://www.acap.aq/news/news-archive/60-2013-news-archive/1397-two-more-albatross-species-reported-attacked-by-the-killer-mice-of-gough-island
  • How the feral cats of Australia’s sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island were successfully eradicated

    Sue Robinson ( Invasive Species Branch , Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Australia ) and Geoff Copson writing in the journal Ecological Management & Restoration give the history of the successful eradication of...

    https://www.acap.aq/news/news-archive/60-2013-news-archive/1586-how-the-feral-cats-of-australia-s-sub-antarctic-macquarie-island-were-successfully-eradicated
  • Eradication of alien mice on Antipodes Island now scheduled for 2015

    Planning for the eradication of introduced House Mice Mus musculus on New Zealand’s Antipodes Island is now underway with the Department of Conservation ( DOC ) recently appointing a Project Manager to run the exercise ( click here ). It is aimed to...

    https://www.acap.aq/news/news-archive/60-2013-news-archive/1591-eradication-of-alien-mice-on-antipodes-island-now-scheduled-for-2015
  • 50th Anniversary of rodent eradications in New Zealand: a celebratory symposium to be held in Auckland in September

    Despite valiant efforts to eradicate them World-wide, rodents continue to threaten seabirds at their breeding islands, with the House Mice Mus musculus of Gough and Marion Islands that attack albatross and burrowing petrel chicks being significant...

    https://www.acap.aq/news/latest-news/1797-50th-anniversary-of-rodent-eradications-in-new-zealand-a-celebratory-symposium-to-be-held-in-auckland-in-september
  • Progress with ridding New Zealand’s Antipodes Island of its alien House Mice

    Following the success of the Million Dollar Mouse Campaign in raising funds to support the costs of ridding New Zealand’s Antipodes Island of its introduced House Mice Mus musculus ( click here ) a Department of Conservation ( DOC ) expedition is...

    https://www.acap.aq/news/latest-news/1814-progress-with-ridding-new-zealand-s-antipodes-island-of-its-alien-house-mice
  • The Macquarie Island Pest Eradication Project gets formally assessed as a “great result”

    The Macquarie Island Pest Eradication Project ( MIPEP ) eradicated three introduced mammals on Australia’s sub-Antarctic island : European Rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus , Black Rat Rattus rattus and House Mouse Mus musculus following a poison-bait drop...

    https://www.acap.aq/news/latest-news/1930-the-macquarie-island-pest-eradication-project-gets-formally-assessed-as-a-great-result
  • New Zealand invasive species expert to undertake a feasibility study for the eradication of House Mice on South Africa’s Marion Island this month

    Marion Island , the larger of South Africa’s Prince Edward Islands in the southern Indian Ocean, has been overrun by introduced House Mice Mus musculus since the early 19th Century. In the absence of rats and following the successful eradication of...

    https://www.acap.aq/news/latest-news/2093-new-zealand-invasive-species-expert-to-undertake-a-feasibility-study-for-the-eradication-of-house-mice-on-south-africa-s-marion-island-this-month
  • Impressions of an expert. Field work to assess the feasibility of eradicating Marion Island’s mice completed

    Last month ACAP Latest News reported that New Zealand invasive species expert John Parkes was to undertake a feasibility study for the eradication of House Mice Mus musculus on South Africa’s Marion Island in the southern Indian Ocean during the annual...

    https://www.acap.aq/news/latest-news/2147-impressions-of-an-expert-field-work-to-assess-the-feasibility-of-eradicating-marion-island-s-mice-completed
  • Threatened albatrosses on Marion Island are being scalped by mice

    Ben Dilley and colleagues ( Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology , DST/NRF Centre of Excellence, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, South Africa) report in the journal Antarctic Science on attacks on albatross chicks by introduced House...

    https://www.acap.aq/news/latest-news/2329-threatened-albatrosses-on-marion-island-are-being-scalped-by-mice
  • Ridding New Zealand’s Antipodes Island of its introduced House Mice: operation to get going in February next year

    Regular readers of ACAP Latest News will know of the plans to eradicate introduced House Mice Mus musculus next year on New Zealand’s sub-Antarctic Antipodes Island , home of seven species of ACAP-listed albatrosses and petrels. Antipodes Island, with...

    https://www.acap.aq/news/latest-news/2334-ridding-new-zealand-s-antipodes-island-of-its-introduced-house-mice-operation-to-get-going-in-february-next-year
  • Mouse attacks on albatrosses spread to the Northern Hemisphere

    ACAP Latest News has regularly reported on the parlous state of Tristan Albatrosses Diomedea dabbenena on Gough Island in the South Atlantic whose downy chicks are attacked and killed by introduced House Mice Mus musculus every year, leading to a low...

    https://www.acap.aq/news/latest-news/2412-mouse-attacks-on-albatrosses-spread-to-the-northern-hemisphere
  • Book review: The defeat of furry invaders on a sub-Antarctic island

    Tony Martin’s new book (authored along with “Team Rat”) tells the stirring story of ridding South Georgia (Islas Georgias del Sur)* of introduced rodents by aerial bombardment of a thousand square kilometres with 12 500 bags of poison bait from three...

    https://www.acap.aq/news/latest-news/2455-book-review-the-defeat-of-furry-invaders-on-a-sub-antarctic-island
  • Review: The 2015 Eskom Red Data Book of Birds of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland

    The 2015 Eskom Red Data Book of Birds of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland is the fourth edition of a regional account of threatened avian species for the three named countries within southern Africa. Other than for the first Red Data Book, published...

    https://www.acap.aq/news/latest-news/2527-review-the-2015-eskom-red-data-book-of-birds-of-south-africa-lesotho-and-swaziland
  • White-chinned Petrels show only modest increases two decades after removal of cats at Marion Island: are House Mice the problem?

    Ben Dilley ( Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology , DST/NRF Centre of Excellence, University of Cape Town, South Africa) and colleagues have published in the journal Polar Biology on burrow density changes of ACAP-listed White-chinned...

    https://www.acap.aq/news/latest-news/2557-white-chinned-petrels-show-only-modest-increases-two-decades-after-removal-of-cats-at-marion-island-are-house-mice-the-problem

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