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Welcome to the website of the Kauaʻi Endangered Seabird Recovery Project.

The Kauaʻi Endangered Seabird Recovery Project (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.


Latest news from KESRP! | October 17, 2018

We have just completed two days of Hawaiian Petrel translocations – 20 chicks are now safe and sound at the Nihoku Ecosystem Restoration Project site. The translocation project is a multi-partner project with Kauaʻi Endangered Seabird Recovery Project, Pacific Rim Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, American Bird Conservancy, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Hawaiʻi DLNR (Department of Land and Natural Resources, particularly the Natural Area Reserves System), Pacific Studies Cooperative Unit, and National Tropical Botanical Garden. For more info on the project and partners, check out the website: http://www.nihoku.org