Lights out for seabirds

Andre Raine / Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project via The Garden Island

This is one of the 2019 cohorts of Newell’s shearwater chicks translocated to Nihoku on Sept. 11 and 12.

Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island file

A Newell’s shearwater, or ‘a‘o, lifts off during its re-release into the wild

LIHU‘E — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service has finalized the first draft of the Kaua‘i Seabird Habitat Conservation plan, which outlines steps Kaua‘i is taking to minimize light pollution and other dangers to the threatened Newell’s shearwater (Puffinus auricularis newelli, Hawaiian name: ‘a‘o), the endangered Hawaiian petrel (Pterodroma sandwichensis, Hawaiian name: ‘ua‘u), and the endangered Hawai‘i distinct population segment (DPS) of the band-rumped storm-petrel (Oceanodroma castro, Hawaiian name: ‘ake‘ake).