Volunteers wanted to help restore habitat in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands : Kauai Now : Kauai News & Information

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Eighteen species of seabirds nest on Hōlanikū, including the black-footed albatross and Christmas shearwater. Photo courtesy: DLNR

The State of Hawaii Department of Lands and Natural Resources, in partnership with the Kure Atoll Conservancy, is seeking habitat restoration volunteers to work at the Kure Atoll State Wildlife Sanctuary in the Northwestern Islands. from Hawaii.

Hōlanikū, or 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 and Hawaiian monk seal. Eighteen species of seabirds nest on Hōlanikū, including the black-footed albatross and Christmas shearwater.

“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.

Volunteers are needed to work on habitat restoration projects at the Kure Atoll State Wildlife Sanctuary in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Photo courtesy: DLNR

Selected volunteers will work in a field camp from October 2022 to April 2023. Although the objectives of the program are diverse, the majority of the time is spent removing invasive plants. Volunteers will also be trained in safe animal handling and participate in beach cleanups to eliminate the risk of wildlife entanglement and ingestion.

To apply to participate in the field camp, click here.

For more information on the Kure Atoll Conservancy, visit http://www.kureatollconservancy.org/.

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