South Georgia Island Declares Victory Over Invasive Rodents
They’ve sniffed them out. The remote uninhabited island in the southern Atlantic Ocean had suffered from an infestation of rats and mice, linked to the 18th century arrival of sealing and whaling ships, which threatened the native bird population. But after the world’s largest rodent eradication project — some 330 tons of poisoned bait were dispensed across the island from helicopters over several years — the area has been declared pest-free. Next, researchers will survey bird life on the island, which has reportedly exploded since the death of their predators.