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Subject: Contribution call for the assessment of rat control operations in island natural areas‏

Hello,

We are conducting a survey about rat control operations on island natural areas in order to evaluate the costs and benefits of such projects in conserving island biodiversity and managing invasive rodents. This will help for the community to build a first general framework for rodent controls on islands. Today, rat population control is largely used as an alternative restoration tool to eradication when eradication is not an option (too large island for example). Despite the fact that invasive rat control is “routinely” performed on world islands and represents a challenging issue for biodiversity managers, the characteristics of rat control projects on island natural areas have not been previously examined. The goal of our work is to help fill this knowledge gap by analyzing a large sample of rat control projects worldwide by quantifying motivations of control, characteristics of control sites, methods used, duration of control, and economic cost or efficiency of the operation. The questionnaire results will be included in a review.

To achieve this, we will need the help of all the people who worked on rat control projects in island natural areas.
If you are one of those, may you please answer to this questionnaire? If you know people working on rat control, may you relay the information to them.
Your help will be essential to prioritize, orient, and design island biodiversity restoration efforts dealing with invasive rat control.
Many thanks in advance.

Quiterie DURON*, Aaron SHIELS** & Eric VIDAL*
*Institut Méditerranéen de Biodiversité et d’Écologie marine et continentale (IMBE), Aix-Marseille Université, UMR CNRS - IRD – UAPV, Centre IRD Nouméa - BP A5, 98848 Nouméa Cedex, Nouvelle-Calédonie
**USDA, National Wildlife Research Center, Hawaii Field Station, P.O. Box 10880, Hilo, Hawaii, 96721, USA


Quiterie DURON <quiterie.duron@ird.fr>
Sunday, August 24, 2014

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