09/14/22 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR A MONTH OF HOUSING RESTORATION PROJECT

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DAVID Y.IGE
GOVERNOR

SUZANNE D CASE
PRESIDENT

For immediate release: September 14, 2022

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR A MONTH-LENGTH HOUSING RESTORATION PROJECT

To see the video, click on the photo or watch on this link: https://vimeo.com/124725648

(HONOLULU) – Have you ever dreamed of getting away from it all and spending the next six months on a near-pristine island in Hawai’i? Plus, the bonus of doing something really cool and rewarding for nature and its creatures.

DLNR’s Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW), in partnership with the Kure Atoll Conservancy, is seeking habitat restoration volunteers to work at the Kure Atoll State Wildlife Sanctuary in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

Hōlanikū (Kure Atoll) is part of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and is located 1,400 miles northwest of Oʻahu. Hōlanikū provides important habitat for wildlife, including the endangered Laysan duck (Anas laysanensis) and the ‘llioholoikauaua (Hawaiian monk seal). Eighteen species of seabirds nest on Hōlanikū, including Ka’upu (black-footed albatross) and ‘Ao’ū (Christmas shearwater).

Over the course of 6 to 8 months, volunteers will be trained to perform:

-Removal of invasive plants (manual and chemical)

-monitoring of invasive species, identification of plants

– wildlife monitoring and species identification

-the propagation and distribution of native plants,

– safe handling of animals

-cleaning of beaches to eliminate the risk of entanglement and ingestion of wild animals.

Although the objectives of the program are varied, the majority of the time is devoted to eliminating invasive plants.

“Over the past 20 years, DLNR has worked to transform Kure Atoll State Wildlife Sanctuary from a tangle of weeds into a resilient functioning ecosystem that supports over one million nesting seabirds, hundreds of shorebirds and 80 endangered Laysan ducks,” Kure Atoll Conservancy Executive said director Cynthia Vanderlip. “This work has been done by many hands who have worked year round to weed out the most destructive weeds and plant native Hawaiian plants. These natives prevent erosion and increase the nesting success of seabirds.

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RESOURCES

(All images/videos courtesy of DLNR)

HD Video:

Kure Atoll State Wildlife Refuge-Media Clips (March 25, 2015): https://vimeo.com/123226511

Kure Atoll State Wildlife Refuge Drone Footage https://vimeo.com/749777344/e01a246d32

HD Video: Hear the 2015 volunteers describe their experience: (March 25, 2015):

Photographs:

Field Camp Switch-Kure Atoll (March 25, 2015): https://www.dropbox.com/home/Field%20Camp%20Switch-Kure%20Atoll

To apply:

Send CV, cover letter and three references to [email protected]

For more information:

KureAtollConservancy.org

Media Contact:

Madison Rice

Communications Specialist

Hawaii Department of Lands and Natural Resources

[email protected]

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