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  • The Nature Conservancy, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Island Conservation recently completed a-month long restoration project to rid Palmyra of all black rats.  Photo © Graeme Gale
  • The project supply ship, Aquila, docks at Cooper Island. Photo © Rory Stansbury
  • The Aquila unloads equipment and supplies for the month-long project.  Photo © Gregg Howald
  • The helicopter operations crew was vital to the project's success. Photo © Rory Stansbury
  • Helicopters used in the restoration project were taken apart and shipped to Palmyra, then re-assembled on the atoll.  Photo © Susan White
  • The project required the use of two full-time helicopters to deliver bait throughout the atoll.  Photo © B. Flint
  • Project field staff use a number of innovative methods, including lowering a crew member from a helicopter, to deliver bait in hard-to-reach places. Photo © Rory Stansbury
  • Another innovative method was using sling shots to set bait in trees.  Photo © Susan White
  • Plant life throughout the atoll was seeded with small bait pellets.  Photo  © Gregg Howald
  • Bait was set everywhere on the atoll,  including old World War II bunkers. Photo © Gregg Howald
  •  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refuge manager for Palmyra recorded the project's progress.  Photo © Susan White
  • The restoration is expected to be a boon for the atoll's wildlife, and especially its bird life, including the resident population of sooty terns. Photo ©  Susan White
  • Project crew members pose for a photo at the end of long day's work.  Photo © Gregg Howald
  • The supply ship Aquila departed Palmyra at the end of the month-long project.  Photo © Rory Stansbury
  • Forty-one crew members from three different organizations participated in the Palmyra Restoration Project.  Photo © Susan White
A Rat-Free Palmyra
Images of a Restoration Project

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