|Date||26 Jul 2016|
The Manumea or tooth-billed pigeon is found only in Samoa. It is currently listed, as Critically Endangered by the IUCN and urgent conservation action is required to save this species from extinction. A major cyclone (cyclone Evan) in December 2012 is likely to have further affected Manumea, and other native bird, populations. As stated in the Manumea recovery plan (MNRE, 2006) it is critical that the impact of hunting is assessed, and action is taken to reduce this threat. Urgent action is needed to reduce hunting impacts so we do not lose the last little dodo.
This project will target conservation in two ways 1) firstly by undertaking an educational campaign targeting the current commodity chain of hunters and consumers, and secondly by conducting a countrywide survey for the species using automatic sound recorders to isolate further priority sites. This will allow targeted action to reduce local hunting of Manumea in one of the species key lowland areas where the species are still hunted.
Read about Rebecca's previous project http://www.rufford.org/projects/rebecca_stirnemann or for more information contact: