Ducie Atoll, French Polynesia

Apr 01, 2019 - National Geographic Orion


Today we made landfall on the tiny bird-filled island of Ducie. This 1.5 square-mile atoll is a paradise for birds. This is due in large part to successful eradication of the Polynesian rat (Rattus exulans) from the island in the late 90’s, which were detrimental to Ducie’s bird populations. The island is home to Murphy’s petrels, as well as white terns, herald petrels, brown boobies, masked boobies, and more. Isn’t conservation wonderful!

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Jeff Litton

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Jeff is an environmental filmmaker and adventure cinematographer. His passion for adventure has led him through rural Kenyan villages, atop erupting Guatemalan volcanoes and to the enchanted Galápagos Islands to film Hammerhead Sharks. Being an expedition filmmaker enables Jeff to combine his love for capturing beauty with his drive to protect the environment. In the words of Jacques Cousteau, “people protect what they love.” Inspired, Jeff created UGENA.org, the United Global Environmental News Agency, an online resource to inspire people to care about the environment.

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