22 Jun 2009

Study to document DNA of bird species across the Pacific

3:31 pm on 22 June 2009

Five staff members from the American Samoa Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources will travel to Wallis and Futuna next month to carry out the last phase of a first of its kind study on birds in the Pacific.

The study, which started two years ago, will help determine if bird species which are common in other islands of the South Pacific are the same ones found in Wallis and Futuna.

The study is documenting the DNA of the bird species that the Samoan islands share with other islands.

The DMWR scientists have been to Fiji, Tonga, Samoa. and New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna is the last pacific island that they will collect data from.