Most remaining native Hawaiian birds continue to face significant existential threats. Projects are currently underway to address some of their many conservation needs , perhaps the most significant being a new program to use Wolbachia bacteria to reduce mosquito populations responsible for the acute threat of avian malaria. Additional projects include habitat restoration and protection, captive breeding, and community outreach. Please visit each organization’s website to learn more about their specific programs and to donate directly.
The Kaua‘i Forest Bird Recovery Project aims to promote knowledge, appreciation, and conservation of Kaua‘i’s native forest birds. We focus on one threatened (I’iwi) and three federally endangered species (Puaiohi, ‘Akikiki, and ‘Akeke’e) , with the goal of facilitating recovery of their populations in the wild. https://kauaiforestbirds.org/
Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project (MNSRP) is a project of the University of Hawai’i in close association with the Department of Land & Natural Resources. Striving to provide a better understanding of seabird populations, behaviors, and habitat requirements, our work focuses research that locates new seabird colonies, while protecting existing ones, restoring native habitat, and rescuing injured seabirds. Non-native species and issues like light pollution and climate change threaten the existence of our native birds. Our work provides platforms to combat these large environmental issues and provide community involvement that includes outreach and educational programs. We also provide training and assessment for seabird/wildlife friendly lighting and best practices for handling of injured or downed seabirds that need our help. To do your part please donate today or call 808-573-2473 (BIRD) if you find a seabird in trouble. https://mauinuiseabirds.org