Seabirds were among the first animals to inhabit the newly forming Hawaiian Islands. They have been major players in the cycling of nutrients from the sea to the land, building the soils which then permitted the establishment of land plants and the evolution of the unique native Hawaiian flora and fauna we know today. Human habitation of the islands has resulted in dramatic reduction of once ubiquitous seabird populations. Habitat modification, introduced predators and competition for scarce resources have brought some seabird populations to the brink of extinction and reduced others to mere remnants of their past populations. Even so, seabirds persist, physically and in the culture, arts, diet and navigation of oceanic peoples everywhere.
Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project develops programs and works with partners to address the threats to and needs of seabird populations on the islands of Maui Nui (Maui, Lana’i, Moloka’i & Kaho’olawe).
• Identify, protect and enhance the seabird populations of Maui Nui.
• Develop the capacity of the residents of Maui Nui to manage seabird populations through outreach, education, job training and job creation.
• Recognize the interconnectedness of ecosystems and develop programs which incorporate a holistic approach to resource management.
Click the graphic below for the project's largest program,
The Lanai Native Species Recovery Program