When it comes to saving Hawai‘i’s native birds, it takes a network of committed organizations. That’s why we work with many partners at the local, regional, and national level to address the severe problems faced by Hawai‘i’s native birds.
Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) works to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. They do so through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive. ABC works with CBD on policy issues impacting threatened species, especially those protected under the Endangered Species Act.
Conservation Council for Hawai'i (CCH) is Hawai‘i's voice for wildlife and is dedicated to protecting native Hawaiian plants, animals, and ecosystems for future generations. ABC works with CCH on many conservation issues and public polices throughout Hawai‘i.
Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources (DOFAW) mission is to manage and protect watersheds, native ecosystems, and cultural resources and provide outdoor recreation and sustainable forest products opportunities, while facilitating partnerships, community involvement and education. ABC works with them directly on our Palila, Maui Parrotbill, and Kaua‘i forest bird projects, including with species such as ‘Akikiki.
Earthjustice uses the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people's health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change. ABC works with Earthjustice on legal approaches to influencing conservation and public policies.
Hawai'i Cooperative Studies Unit, University of Hawai‘i – Hilo (HCSU) is a cooperative research program between US Geological Survey-Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center and the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. It focuses on the ecological, environmental, and sociocultural management of natural and cultural areas of U.S. Department of the Interior agencies, additional natural areas in Hawai‘i, and other similar areas throughout the US-affiliated Pacific. HCSU provides population analysis for ABC's Palila, Maui Parrotbill, and Millerbird projects, as well as for Kaua‘i forest birds, including ‘Akikiki and others.
Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge (HINWR) was created in 1909 when President Theodore Roosevelt set aside the islets and reefs of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands "as a preserve and breeding grounds for native birds." It encompasses all of the Northwestern Hawaiian Island chain stretching 1,200 miles northwest of the island of Kaua‘i, except for Midway and Kure Atolls. It is part of the world's largest marine conservation area, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (see below), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Monument is protected and managed by three co-trustees, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the State of Hawai‘i joined by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. HINWR was a critical partner in the successful Millerbird translocation.
Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park was created to preserve the natural volcanic landscapes of Kīlauea and Mauna Loa, the park is also a refuge for the islands' native plants and animals and protects a wide diversity of ecosystems and habitat for numerous native Hawaiian species, including many endangered birds. ABC is working with the National Park Service to protect the largest Hawaiian Petrel colony on the Big Island from cat predation.
Hui Ho'omalu i ka‘aina is a taro root, nonprofit, activist organization founded in the early 1980s by traditional practitioners of moku Halele‘a to address threats and impacts to the natural and cultural resources of Kaua‘i. Founded by farmers and fishermen, weavers and hunters, the Hui seeks to provide context for issues related to the ecology of their ahupuaʻa. The organization is an active advocate for those native things and ways that are disappearing. ABC works with the Hui on policy issues impacting birds on Kaua‘i.
Island Conservations (IC) prevents extinctions by removing invasive species from islands. Invasive species are the single largest threat to the biodiversity of Hawai‘i and the tropical Pacific. Removing invasive species from key sites is the highest priority for abating a potential tide of species loss. Island Conservation has the ability to stem that tide, and make a lasting improvement for the health of biodiversity in the region. ABC and IC work together on policies to reduce the impact of invasive rats and cats.
James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge protects some of O‘ahu‘s few remaining natural wetlands. It was established for the purpose of providing habitat for endangered Hawaiian waterbirds and has expanded to provide additional habitat for migratory shorebirds, seabirds, endangered and native plant species, endangered Hawaiian monk seals and threatened Hawaiian green turtles. ABC is working with Pacific Rim Conservation to translocate Laysan Albatross to the refuge.
The Kaua‘i Albatross Network is dedicated to helping preserve the vitality of the Laysan Albatross and promoting conservation of safe habitat on Kaua'i on which this magnificent bird depends. The network is fosters respectful cooperation among private landowners, government agencies, scientists, businesses, schools, and conservation organizations. ABC collaborates with the Network on public policies that affect albatrosses on Kaua‘i.
Kaua'i Endangered Seabird Recovery Project (KESRP) focuses primarily on the three endangered seabirds found on the island of Kauaʻi: Newell's Shearwater (‘A‘o), Hawaiian Petrel (‘Ua‘u), and Band-rumped Storm-Petrel (‘Ake‘ake). Their work involves identifying breeding distribution, monitoring breeding colonies, research to better understand their life histories and the threats they face, and working on conservation projects such as predator control in montane seabird colonies. KESRP is a DOFAW project administered through the University of Hawai‘i's Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit. We collaborate with KESRP on a project to translocate Newell's Shearwater and Hawaiian Petrel to Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge.
Kaua'i Forest Bird Recovery Project (KFBRP) aims to promote knowledge, appreciation, and conservation of Kaua'i's native forest birds. Their efforts focus primarily on the federally endangered Puaiohi, ‘Akikiki, and ‘Akeke‘e, with the goal of facilitating recovery of their populations in the wild. The KFBRP is a cooperative project of the Division of Forestry and Wildlife and the University of Hawai‘i's Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit. ABC has worked with KFBRP on projects to provide artificial nest boxes for Puaiohi and to control rats in important forest bird nesting areas.
Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge (KPNWR) was established to preserve and enhance seabird nesting colonies. The refuge is home to some of the largest populations of nesting seabirds in in the main Hawaiian Islands. Visitors also have a chance to view endangered Nene, spinner dolphins, Hawaiian monk seals, native Hawaiian coastal plants. KPNWR is the site of our joint project to construct a predator-proof enclosure and translocate Newell's Shearwaters and Hawaiian Petrels to the site, thus creating new colonies completely protected from non-native mammalian predators.
Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Project (MKFRP) protects and restores the dry forests of Mauna Kea on the Island of Hawai‘i to benefit one of ABC's flagship Hawaiian species, the Palila. It is a cooperative project of the Division of Forestry and Wildlife and the University of Hawai‘i – Mānoa's Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (PCSU).
Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project's (MFBRP) mission is to develop and implement techniques that recover Maui's endangered birds and to restore their habitats through research, development, and conservation action. The MFBRP is a cooperative project of the Division of Forestry and Wildlife and the University of Hawai‘i – Manoa's Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (PCSU). MFBRP and ABC are restoring historical Maui Parrotbill (Kiwikiu) habitat, in preparation for reintroducing birds to the site.
Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project works to locate, protect, and enhance seabird populations and habitats in Maui Nui (Maui, Kaho'olawe, Lāna‘i, and Moloka'i). Maui Nui Seabirds is a cooperative project of the Division of Forestry and Wildlife and the University of Hawai‘i – Manoa's Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (PCSU).
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's (NFWF) Hawaiian Forest Bird Keystone Initiative was created in 2009 to accelerate local implementation of the most innovative, sustainable and cost-effective strategies for restoring highly imperiled forest birds. They are key supporters of the Millerbird, Palila, and Maui Parrotbill projects.
Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit, University of Hawai'i – Manoa (PCSU) is a cooperative research program between the University of Hawai‘i – Manoa and private, state, and federal agencies. PCSU works to protect cultural and natural biodiversity in the Pacific while encouraging a sustainable economy. PCSU supervises MKFRP, MFBRP, and KFBRP, allowing agencies to pool and coordinate their efforts so that they can attack problems across the landscape.
Pacific Islands Coastal Program (PICP), US Fish and Wildlife Service, is a collaborative and voluntary partnership program that facilitates significant coastal conservation efforts. Protection and restoration actions restore near-shore marine environments and benefit trust resources, especially federally listed invertebrates, plants, song birds, and waterbirds, as well as migratory seabirds, shorebirds, wetlands, and coral reefs. We worked with the Pacific Islands Coastal Program on the Millerbird translocation, and continuing working with them on numerous projects throughout the Hawaiian archipelago.
Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center, US Geological Survey (PIERC) conducts research to provide the scientific understanding and technologies needed to support and implement sound management and conservation of the nation's biological resources occurring in Hawai‘i and other Pacific island locations. PIERC provides scientific support for Palila, Maui Parrotbill, and Kaua‘i forest bird conservation.
Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office, US Fish and Wildlife Service (PIFWO) is an Ecological Services office headquartered in Honolulu, O'ahu. They use the best available science and sound managerial techniques to further the Service's mission to conserve, protect, and enhance wildlife and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. PIFWO is a key partner on all of our work in Hawai‘i. We are especially proud to have worked with PIFWO on the translocation of Millerbirds from Nihoa to Laysan.
Pacific Rim Conservation (PRC) is dedicated to studying and conserving the biota of the Pacific region. They provide biological research and management services to government agencies, non-profit organizations, landowners, and a variety of other groups throughout the Hawaiian Islands and the Pacific region. Their goal is to maintain and restore native species and ecosystems through habitat protection and management, threat control, public education, and scientific research to develop and improve conservation methods. ABC has teamed with PRC on the predator-proof fence and endangered seabird translocation at Kīlauea Point NWR and Laysan Albatross translocation to James Campbell NWR.
Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM) seeks to forever protect and perpetuate ecosystem health and diversity and Native Hawaiian cultural significance of Papahanaumokuakea. They carry out seamless integrated management to ensure ecological integrity and achieve strong, long-term protection and perpetuation of NWHI ecosystems, Native Hawaiian culture, and heritage resources for current and future generations. It is one of the world's largest marine conservation areas and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. PMNM is protected and managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the State Department of Land and Natural Resources joined by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
San Diego Zoo Global is dedicated to the science of saving endangered species worldwide through scientifically-based breeding, conservation, and reintroduction programs. Since the early 1990s, their Hawai'i Endangered Bird Conservation Program has been rescuing the rarest of the rare, buying precious time for public agencies to identify, manage, and restore the birds' native habitat. ABC is collaborating with SDZG on the reintroduction of Maui Parrotbills. ZSSD also maintains captive populations of Palila, Puaiohi, and ‘Alalā, and is working to establish populations of ‘Akikiki and ‘Akeke‘e.
University of Hawai‘i – Mānoa is the flagship campus of the University of Hawai‘i System. A destination of choice, students and faculty come from across the nation and the world to take advantage of UH's unique research opportunities and diverse community. ABC is working with UH to better understand the impacts of feral cats on O‘ahu.