Hawaiian Petrels are in trouble. Invasive predators and loss of habitat in their montane nesting grounds threaten the survival of these unique birds. A historic project years in the making might just be key to saving these epic travelers.
Journey with the petrels in this short film, which chronicles conservationists' daring efforts last November to move nestling petrels to a predator-free area where they will hopefully start a new colony.
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The 2015 effort to move 10 Hawaiian Petrel chicks involved years of planning and coordination from many organizations and agencies: Kaua'i Endangered Seabird Recovery Project, a Hawai'i Department of Land and Natural Resources' Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) project administered by Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit, University of Hawaii; Pacific Rim Conservation; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge; and American Bird Conservancy. Invasive predator control and site management is undertaken by DOFAW within Hono O Na Pali Natural Area Reserve, with funding from Kaua'i Island Utility Cooperative. The National Tropical Botanical Garden provided important assistance with vegetation restoration at the translocation site.
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and American Bird Conservancy provided critical funding support.
Aditi Desai is ABC's Assistant Director of Communications and Senior Producer. She is a digital storyteller skilled in producing and shooting documentaries, and has produced videos for The Pew Charitable Trusts, PBS, the National Park Service, and Discovery Communications, among others. Aditi holds an MFA in Film and Electronic Media from American University and a BA in Psychology from Smith College.