The Kaua'i Seabird Habitat Conservation Program (KSHCP) was initiated in 2005 in order to foster outreach and implementation of island-wide measures aimed at avoiding and minimizing the harmful impacts of outdoor lighting. Early stages of KSHCP development were focused on the following objectives:
Outreach to businesses and agencies about the causes of light attraction and how to protect listed seabirds
Monitoring of seabird take and problematic lights
Providing seabird awareness training for employees and corporations
Providing site-specific light assessments for business and agencies
Sharon Reilly of SOS releases a recovered Hawaiian petrel ca. 2005.
SOS Newell's shearwater release pen ca. 2005
Approaches to avoiding and minimizing light attraction include:
Incorporating architectural design elements that decrease the light and glow emitted by buildings.
The KSHCP has worked with businesses and agencies all over the island to proactively address the longstanding seabird-light attraction problem. Over 70% of agencies and businesses contacted have voluntarily changed lighting management or made permanent lighting improvements in order to minimize incidental take of listed seabirds.