Our Partners

Wide-ranging birds like seabirds require an extensive network of partners — people who can help conserve the birds on land and at sea, and donors to support this work. ABC partners are at the core of the Seabird Program’s many successes.

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 Metrics' (CMI) goal is to improve conservation by providing powerful new tools to monitor wildlife status, distribution, and population trends. This innovative partner is working with ABC to provide new acoustic monitoring tools to measure the vocal activity of nocturnal seabirds in remote places and difficult terrain for Black-capped Petrel in the Caribbean.

Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Hawaiʻi Department of Lands 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 Hawaiian Petrel and Newell's Shearwater projects.

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.

Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) works throughout the West Indies to further the scientific understanding of the issues faced by the Caribbean ecosystem, educate the public about conservation, and promote public involvement in ecological restoration and protection. We are proud to partner with EPIC on research and conservation of the endangered Black-capped Petrel.

Grupo Ecología y Conservatión de Islas (GECI) is a Mexican-based non-profit organization those mission is the conservation of island ecosystems of Mexico, preventing extinctions and protecting island species. GECI activities include applied conservation, scientific research, environmental education, sustainable development and the development and management of public policies. GECI is an acknowledged leader in the practice of eradicating non-native species from islands and restoring their native communities. ABC is currently partnered with GECI on restoring Socorro Island in Mexico's Revillagigedo Archipelago, where non-native sheep and predators have degraded habitat for the island's globally endangered bird species, including the critically endangered Townsend's Shearwater.

Grupo Jaragua is a non-governmental organization working to conserve biodiversity in the Dominican Republic through monitoring, legislation, training, awareness, and the sustainable management of natural resources, research and community participation, with emphasis on the Jaragua-Bahoruco-Enriquillo Biosphere Reserve. Grupo Jaragua and ABC work together on research and conservation to benefit the endangered Black-capped Petrel.

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, Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument (see below), a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  HINWR was a critical partner in the successful Millerbird translocation.

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park was created to preserve the natural volcanic landscapes of Kilauea 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 Hoʻomalu i kaʻAina is a taro root, nonprofit, activist organization founded in the early 1980s by traditional practitioners of moku Haleleʻa to address threats and impacts to the natural and cultural resources of Kauaʻi. 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 Kauaʻi.

Island Conservation 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 Kauaʻi.

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 Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge.

Kilauea 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.

Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project works to locate, protect, and enhance seabird populations and habitats in Maui Nui (Maui, Kaho‘olawe, Lana‘i, and Moloka‘i). Maui Nui Seabirds is a cooperative project of the Division of Forestry and Wildlife and the University of Hawai‘i at – Manoa's Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (PCSU).

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's (NFWF) Pacific Seabird Program was created to reverse population declines by increasing survival and reproduction of seabirds by mitigating at-sea and colony-based threats. This program supports conservation actions that address priority threats for 10 focal species, including non-native invasive animals and plants, incidental take in fisheries, forage depletion, and human disturbance. This program also invests in information gaps that lead to future conservation. NFWF is a key supporter of our work on Pink-footed Shearwater in Chile and Newell's Shearwater and Hawaiian Petrel at Kilauea Point NWR in Hawaiʻi.

Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge studies and protects imperiled ecosystems by engaging diverse communities through innovative scientific and artistic collaborations. Oikonos is working on imperiled species in Chile, migratory wildlife conservation, marine debris and education and outreach. ABC works with Oikonos in the Juan Fernandez Islands and on Isla Mocha in Chile to enhance populations of Pink-footed Shearwater.

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 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.

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 Kilauea Point NWR and Laysan Albatross translocation to James Campbell NWR.

Papahanaumokuakea 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.

ProDelphinus is a not-for-profit Peruvian organization based in Lima founded in 1995. ProDelphinus is committed to the conservation of threatened and endangered marine fauna. ProDelphinus is a main partner in our work to find solutions to seabird bycatch in South American artisanal fisheries to benefit Waved Albatross, Pink-footed Shearwaters and other species.


Information on other seabird conservation organizations