Conservationists hope that bird species such as this winter wren, photographed on the island in 2009, will bounce back without the threat of rats. The island was declared officially rat-free in 2010, two years after the 2008 eradication mission.
Now that the rats are gone from Rat Island, the Aleutian Pribilof Island Association is working to get a new name approved for the island. The name hasn't been announced, but will likely be an Aleut name in tribute to the early Alaskan people.
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Credit: Marc Romano / USFWS
Breeding tufted puffins have been seen on Hawadax Island for the first time since long before the rats were exterminated in 2008.
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Credit: Rory Stansbury / Island Conservation
Numbers of black oystercatchers (seen here as chicks) have been on the rise since the rats were removed.