Welcome to the website of the Kauaʻi Endangered Seabird Recovery Project.
The KESRP is a Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) project, administered through the Pacific Studies Co-operative Unit of the University of Hawaiʻi. Formed in 2006, the project focuses primarily on the three endangered seabirds found on the island of Kauaʻi – Newell’s Shearwater (Puffinus newelli), Hawaiian Petrel (Pterodroma sandwichensis) and Band-rumped Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma castro). Our work involves identifying the breeding distribution of these rare and enigmatic seabirds, monitoring their breeding colonies, undertaking research projects to better understand their life histories and the various threats which they face, and working with partner projects and organizations to ensure their long-term conservation.
Photo by Andre F Raine
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March 20, 2017
A day after a 19-year-old man pleaded no contest in the killing of 15 Laysan albatrosses as part of a plea deal with the state, state Department of Land and Natural Resources Chairwoman Suzanne Case expressed concern about the message such a deal sends to the public regarding protections for endange...
March 17, 2017
Nineteen-year-old Christian Gutierrez, one of three people charged with slaughtering Laysan albatrossess at Kaena Point in 2015, agreed to a plea deal Thursday in Circuit Court. Gutierrez was charged with 19 criminal counts in December and originally pleaded not guilty. On Thursday, 14 animal cruelt...
March 16, 2017
(Honolulu) – Officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources are working together to try and understand what led to the death of an endange...
March 16, 2017
Adult Puaiohi bird on Kauai Island, Hawaii(Credit: Lucas Behnke, Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project. Courtesy: Lucas Behnke, Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project)A new study provides the first rigorous population estimate of an enigmatic endangered bird species found only on Kauai, the Puaiohi or Smal...