MAUNA LOA — A five-mile-long fence was recently completed in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park to protect the federally endangered Hawaiian petrel from feral cats...

National Geographic


KAIKOURA — A landslip caused by the 7.5 earthquake has wiped away half of a breeding colony for the at-risk Hutton's Shearwater bird...

Stuff, New Zealand


PUHI — Kauai Community College’s own Elizabeth Kain has published her first scientific research paper with the help of the Kauai Surfrider Foundation, and the findings have proven significant for Kauai’s endangered seabirds...

The Garden Island


WASHINGTON, D.C. — The rule, which goes into effect at the end of the month, also gives the endangered designation to 39 plant species found on the islands and to three other creatures native to Hawaii — the band-rumped storm-petrel (Oceanodroma castro), the orangeblack Hawaiian damselfly (Megalagrion xanthomelas), and the anchialine pool shrimp (Procaris hawaiana)...

The Pacific Tribune


Connecting conservation​​​​​​​

KILAUEA — Nihoku’s predator-proof fence within the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge isn’t the only enclosure in the state dedicated to conserving Hawaii’s endangered seabirds...

The Garden Island


HONOLULU — There is an evolutionary death match under way in Hawaii, where half a million feral cats, some of them infected with a terrifying zombie parasite, are wreaking havoc on endangered species. Some people call them the "kitties of doom." Others will do anything to save them...

Outside Magazine


KAMALANI — After two failed tries at takeoff, the fledgling ‘a’o (newell’s shearwater) perched on the edge of a stand near Lydgate Park’s Kamalani Kai Play Bridge and peered over the edge...

The Garden Island


KILAUEA — A few weeks ago, a helicopter was sent on a rescue mission to a remote location deep in Limahuli Valley on Kauai’s north shore.  This time, it wasn’t a hiker in distress needing rescue.  The mission was part of an on-going effort to save the endangered Newell’s Shearwater from extinction...

Hawaii Public Radio


NIHOKU — The 20 Hawaiian Petrel chicks that were transferred to their new home at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge Monday were tucked, fluffy and healthy in the their new manmade burrows in an effort that was documented for the first time using social media...

The Garden Island


KILAUEA — Chick No. 8 was a surprise addition to the ‘A’o (Newell’s shearwater) colony at Nihoku predator-proof enclosure, but it wasn’t a shock when the baby seabird fledged on Sunday...

The Garden Island


KILAUEA — By keeping out invasive cats, rats and other predators, a new fence on the island of Kauai is helping a threatened bird bounce back...

Mother Nature Network


Taking flight​​​​​​​

NIHOKU — Two more Newell’s shearwater chicks fledged from Crater Hill last week, bringing the number of babies under the care of the Pacific Rim Conservancy team to five...

The Garden Island


HONOLULU — Cats killing birds may seem a normal, if mildly distasteful, part of nature. But many cats also carry a microscopic parasite that causes Toxoplasmosis, an infectious disease that threatens Hawai‘s endangered birds, monk seals and even dolphins. New Zealand and Australia have aggressive programs to eradicate invasive animals, including feral cats...

Honolulu Magazine


Threats at sea​​​​​​​

KILAUEA — Climate change and overfishing in Hawaiian waters could be having an affect on the populations of Newell’s shearwater seabirds, according to the Kauai Community Cat Project...

The Garden Island


LIHUE — The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative has begun the third year of testing an experimental laser system to prevent endangered seabirds from colliding with power lines...

The Garden Island


HONOLULU — US Senator Brian Schatz who is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced the funding, saying it will help to strike a better balance between human use and wildlife habitats...

Maui Now


LIHUE — A tiny Newell’s Shearwater chick, rescued from the Hono o Na Pali Natural Area Reserve on Kaua‘i, in late August, is thriving and doing well at the Save our Shearwaters (SOS) facility...

DLNR News Release


KOKEE — The Kokee Air Force Base is operating in blackout conditions to avoid grounding anymore endangered seabirds after receiving a June 28 letter threatening a lawsuit...

The Garden Island


KAILUA-KONA — The public will be afforded opportunity to speak on behalf of several types of endangered species, which may be harmed due to operations at two wind turbine facilities on Hawaii Island...

West Hawaii Today


AUKLAND — The government of New Zealand wants to rid its territory of rats and other invasive mammals by 2050. The name of the plan: Predator Free New Zealand...

The Washington Post


HONOLULU — The number of feral cats in Hawaii is staggering, with over 300,000 on Oahu alone. Unfortunately an oft-proposed solution to this problem, a method known as Trap Neuter Release, TNR, sometimes called Trap, Neuter, Release, Manage or TNRM, is itself problematic...

The Garden Island


KIUC renewing take permit​​​​​​​

LIHUE — The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative is in the process of renewing its Endangered Species Act Incidental Take Permit, and an upcoming meeting on the subject is designed to bring the public up to speed...

The Garden Island


KOKEE — The Center for Biological Diversity is seeking legal action after more than 120 endangered shearwaters and petrels were harmed or killed by artificial light at Kōke‘e Air Force Base over a two-week period last year...

Hawaii Public Radio


LIHUE — Before you cruise the beach over the next couple months, remember that there could be more under your tires than just sand...

The Garden Island


HONO O NA PALI — Researchers last week discovered the bodies of six endangered Hawaiian Petrels at a remote breeding colony in Hono o Na Pali Natural Area Reserve, Kauai...



KILAUEA — Some Hawaiian geese populations are heavily infected by toxoplasmosis from feral cats, a new study finds...

Scientific American


LAWAI — The Sunday discovery of 34 dead wedge-tailed shearwater birds near Kauai’s Spouting Horn remains under investigation, but officers with Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources still believe dogs are behind the killings...

The Garden Island


The efforts of 'Champions'​​​​​​​

HANAPEPE — Andre Raine and his team at the Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project work in some pretty harsh conditions...

The Garden Island


KILAUEA — The federal government is taking a look at how the island’s population of ‘a‘o (Newell’s shearwater), an endangered seabird found only in Hawaii, is being managed...

The Garden Island


BARKING SANDS — Pacific Missile Range Facility was one of two winners of the 2015 Secretary of the Navy Environmental Award. Awardees were announced Friday in Washington D.C...

The Garden Island


Every year, Hutton's shearwaters are killed or injured when they become disoriented and crash-land in Kaikoura. As a result the Hutton's Shearwater Charitable Trust, the Department of Conservation and the Kaikoura township are teaming up to raise awareness on how to protect and care for the shearwaters...

Marlborough Express


Project to eradicate non-native brown rats that feed on eggs and chicks on St Agnes and Gugg is declared a success...

The Guardian


Petrel transplant working​​​​​​​

In November, 10 fuzzy Hawaiian Petrel babies were taken from their mountain burrows in the Hono O Na Pali Natural Area Reserve and transplanted into artificial nesting boxes within the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge...

The Garden Island


Wary of mongoose​​​​​​​

LIHUE — The public comment period on a federal draft report that proposes new ways to eliminate mongoose has been extended, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials stated Monday...

The Garden Island



Reclaiming an old home for the Hawaiian petrel


Researchers Kidnap Fluffy Seabirds In Elaborate Rescue Operation


Free birds — Kids learn about responsibility helping endangered fledglings at annual bird release event


Endangered Hawaiian bees and other species proposed for protection


SOS — More than 100 endangered seabirds 

required care after falling from the sky due to lighting issues at Kokee State Park



Providing protection The predator-proof fence is up


Aloha ‘A‘o ​​​​​​​Eleele students help release rescued Newell’s shearwaters


Oh, rats! Kauai has an uphill battle against invasive rodents


Cats at it again — Cameras catch feral killing endangered seabirds


New Study: Almost 90 Percent Of People Surveyed Want Reduction In Feral Cat Numbers In Hawai'i



Human-aided shearwaters awe fourth graders


Hawai'i May Face Federal Prosecution Over Bird And Other Wildlife Deaths


Who Would Kill a Monk Seal? — It was Kauai’s mayor, Bernard P. Carvalho Jr., who filled me in about the birds...


Let there be better light — Kukui Grove installs LED parking lot fixtures


Enclosures to protect endangered seabirds — The Makamaka’ole seabird mitigation project is part of a First Wind project to provide conservation benefits...

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‘A‘o release connects next generation to endangered seabird


Record number of ‘A‘o at Kilauea Point refuge


County prepares for Newell’s Shearwater fledgling season


Rescued shearwaters get second chance


Groups vow to ‘keep close tabs’ on co-op’s efforts to protect seabirds


Council endorses feral cat control. To TNR or not to TNR?...


‘A‘o blessed before flight — Threatened Newell’s Shearwaters released at Po‘ipu


Students bless shearwaters — Last week, more than 20 fourth-grade students from Island School, along with their kumu Sabra Kauka, met at Makahu‘ena Point to give blessing to this season’s flock of Newell’s shearwaters


Hawaii Island Dims Lights to Save Crashing Birds — It's lights out or else, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says to the Hawaiian island of Kauai


KIUC finishes work to shield lights from endangered seabirds


Will new power lines down Shearwaters? There is no dispute that numbers of two species of endangered seabirds known to nest on Kaua'i have been declining annually since Hurricane 'Iniki