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The Wood-feeding Cockroach another black rat casualty

Unlike introduced cockroaches that infest houses, these endemic species remain in the wild. They will not only provide a good meal for the woodhen but also, more importantly, condition the soils within the forests here, increasing native species resilliance to disturbance from alien plants and stocastic events such as wind storms and drought. So restoring the ecological balance is important.
Back from the Dead: Lord Howe Island Phasmids

Balls Pyramid: a forbidding rock spire rising from the ocean turned out to be an island sanctuary - habitat for the sole surviving Lord Howe Island Phasmids.
Currawongs - the lions of Lord Howe

Plans to rid the island of rats and mice could put these native birds at risk from secondary poisoning. Nicholas Carlile describes the careful research and planning for the proposed capture and rerelease of these birds during the active eradication phase.
The rat race – recovering island ecology

Lord Howe Island was isolated for six million years. Birds flourished, as did turtles and a great array of indigenous, unique invertebrates (including the Lord Howe Phasmid), because of the absence of land predators. Then the black rat was introduced by white settlers. Nicholas Carlile talks about Lord Howe Island and the fight to return the island’s ecology to its former glory.
How(e) to win the rat race - recovering island ecology

Nicholas Carlile explains the plan to eradicate rats and mice from Lord Howe Island. He says that even though some of the destruction cannot be reversed, there is an opportunity to tip the balance back in favour of native species on the island.
A Glowing Report - Lord Howe rodent eradication update

Over the years human habitation has done a lot of damage due to introduced rats, mice, goats and pigs. As well as loss of vegetation, nine species of endemic birds have been wiped out. Five endemic bird species still remain, including woodhens and the Lord Howe Currawong. A recent trial baiting program showcased the importance of gathering scientific data before any widespread baiting.

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