Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project (MNSRP) works to increase, improve and preserve suitable nesting habitat for Hawaiian seabirds such as Hawaiian Petrels, Newell’s shearwaters, and wedge-tailed shearwaters.
MNSRP staff, volunteers, and partners are engaged in habitat restoration across Maui Nui. This work benefits native Hawaiian plants, birds, endangered yellow faced bees, and the offshore ecosystem.
The coastal ecosystem of Hawai’i is unique, and includes many native and endemic species. Introduced grasses and weeds can quickly spread into coastal habitat, smothering and out-competing native grasses and ground covers. Native plant species are a key part of the ecosystem, providing food and shelter for animals, maintaining the integrity of the landscape, and preventing runoff onto the reef below. The removal of non-native plants from coastal restoration sites allows for the regeneration of native plants, and for out-planting of native grasses such as ‘aki’aki and kawelu.
Weeding and restoration work is ongoing at the Ho’okipa, Hawea, and Kamaole III wedge-tailed shearwater colonies. Contact us if you would like to participate!