Predator AssessmentBefore initiating predator control, Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project (MNSRP) conducts predator assessment studies. MNSRP uses tracking tunnels to estimate relative rodent and mongoose abundance. Tracking tunnels are baited to lure rodents through an ink pad and across paper, recording their footprints. Setting tracking tunnels in many areas across a large landscape allows us to determine which areas to concentrate control efforts. MNSRP has also deployed motion sensing cameras at catnip lure stations to determine cat presence.
Programs that utilize these methods: Kahikinui
On land in their breeding colonies, seabirds are preyed upon by rats, cats, dogs, mongoose, and barn owls. Goats, cows, and deer also damage nesting habitat. MNSRP works in seabird colony areas, first to inventory invasive wildlife, then to devise and carry out strategies to minimize the impact of introduced predators. Predator control is conducted by baiting live traps that are specific to the target species. All control work is carried out humanely because we believe that all animals should always be treated with respect.