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A Rat-Free Palmyra

Images of a Restoration Project

In 2011, The Nature Conservancy, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Island Conservation removed all rats from Palmyra.

The project supply ship, Aquila, docks at Cooper Island.

The Aquila unloads equipment and supplies for the month-long project. 

The helicopter operations crew was vital to the project's success.

Helicopters used in the project were taken apart and shipped to Palmyra, then re-assembled on the atoll.

The project required the use of two full-time helicopters to deliver bait throughout the atoll. 

Project team members also used sling shots to set bait in trees. 

Plant life throughout the atoll was seeded with small bait pellets. 

Bait was set everywhere on the atoll, including old World War II bunkers.

 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refuge manager for Palmyra recorded the project's progress. 

The restoration is expected to be a boon for the atoll's wildlife, and especially its bird life.

Project crew members pose for a photo at the end of long day's work.

The supply ship Aquila departed Palmyra at the end of the month-long project.

Forty-one crew members from three different organizations participated in the rat removal project. 

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