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11-17-2016

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

11-16-2016

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

11-14-2016

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

11-01-2016

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

11-01-2016

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

10-28-2016

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

10-28-2016

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

10-26-2016

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

10-25-2016

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

10-19-2016

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

10-18-2016

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

10-16-2016

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

10-16-2016

Birds, brains and football​​​​​​​

LIHUE — Pitting the shearwater against Kauai high school football has been going on for many years. Throughout that time, the controversy has ignored the extremely serious issue of the greatest risk in high school football on our island: brain concussions...

The Garden Island

10-12-2016

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

10-08-2016

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

10-02-2016

Shearwater plan hits snag​​​​​​​

LIHUE — Hawaii Department of Transportation has taken an unexplained step back from developing a Kauai County Seabird Habitat Conservation Plan, and the gears of the entire process have slowed...

The Garden Island

10-02-2016

LIHUE — Playing games at night when the moon is either waxing or waning can cause shearwaters to mistake the football field for the shimmering ocean and circle endlessly — probably hoping to find fish — until exhaustion causes them to fall to the ground.

The Garden Island

09-26-2016

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

09-22-2016

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

09-14-2016

KOKEE — Artificial lights are mesmerizing for many of Kauai’s endangered seabirds. Starting Thursday, experts are asking people to keep outside lighting to a minimum for their safety for the next few months...

The Garden Island

09-06-2016

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

08-15-2016

KOLOA — The National Tropical Botanical Garden and Kauai Conservation Alliance will host the first-ever Kauai Conservation Expo on Sept. 7...

The Garden Island

08-10-2016

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

08-04-2016

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

07-25-2016

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

07-14-2016

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

07-12-2016

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

06-29-2016

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

06-23-2016

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

06-21-2016

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...

KHON2

06-09-2016

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

Scientific American

05-25-2016

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

05-21-2016

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

05-19-2016

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

03-15-2016

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

03-02-2016

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

02-16-2016

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

The Guardian

02-03-2016

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

01-05-2016

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

2015

12-23-2015

Reclaiming an old home for the Hawaiian petrel

11-04-2015

Researchers Kidnap Fluffy Seabirds In Elaborate Rescue Operation

10-14-2015

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

10-06-2015

Endangered Hawaiian bees and other species proposed for protection

09-13-2015

SOS — More than 100 endangered seabirds 

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

01-29-2015

Lighting facelift aims to save shearwaters

2014

12-03-2014

Providing protection The predator-proof fence is up

10-17-2014

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

09-19-2014

‘Lower-risk’ — game on. Biologists to monitor Saturday night football for fledging seabirds

07-27-2014

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

06-28-2014

Cats at it again — Cameras catch feral killing endangered seabirds

01-30-2014

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

2013

10-26-2013

Human-aided shearwaters awe fourth graders

08-12-2013

A brighter future for county parks — Officials say new stadium lights to reduce electrical cost, native bird impacts

05-22-2013

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

05-08-2013

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

04-29-2013

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

02-03-2013

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

2001 - 2012

10-18-2012

‘A‘o release connects next generation to endangered seabird

10-10-2012

Record number of ‘A‘o at Kilauea Point refuge

09-02-2012

County prepares for Newell’s Shearwater fledgling season

10-25-2011

Rescued shearwaters get second chance

09-26-2011

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

06-10-2011

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

10-23-2010

In Hawaii, Birds’ Friday Night Flights Turn Out the Lights on Prep Games

10-29-2008

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

10-30-2007

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

09-19-2006

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

06-13-2003

KIUC finishes work to shield lights from endangered seabirds

01-29-2001

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

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