Image by palaupanfund.org

A Palau Fruit Dove (Biib) was found lying at the entrance of Ngardok Nature Reserve (NNR) on 22nd of March.

NNR said, “This is a clear message taunting us that what we are doing to conserve and protect our natural resources is being disrespected by folks with total disregard to national and state laws.”

According to NNR loss of habitat, human-wildlife conflicts, hunting, and poaching continues to threaten the long term survival of these iconic creatures of Palau.

NNR added that despite their staunch conservation efforts, near threatened species of birds such as the Micronesian Imperial Pigeon (Belochel) and Nicobar Pigeon (Laib) populations have continued to decline.

According to them, the Palau Fruit-Dove is Endemic species to Palau and has an estimated population of close to 50,000. The nature reserve adds that this species of birds appears to be fairly common and has a stable population. It is still illegal to hunt or poach this National Bird.

The Palau Fruit-Dove is Endemic species to Palau and has an estimated population of close to 50,000. Although this species of birds appears to be fairly common and has a stable population, it is still illegal to hunt or poach this National Bird.

Melekeok Conservation Network has taken the necessary steps to increase surveillance patrols in a 24 hour period and have invested on trail cameras with video and motion detector sensors to strengthen the enforcement within NNR.

Omar Faustino who is a Program Manager of Melekeok Conservation Network said, “For all their beauty, musical tunes, and cunning birds like Belochel, Laib, Biib and Bekai are no match for a poacher’s rifle.”