Fallout season: fewer than 50 downed shearwaters at halfway point

  • Bobby Brittingham, Archipelago Research and Conservation / Special to The Garden Island

    A drenched Hawaiian petrel was discovered in a flooded burrow located within the Hono Na Pali Natural Area Reserve on the North Shore.

  • Maddy Jacobs / Special to The Garden Island

    Hawaiian petrel MMJ122, hydrated and dry at the Save Our Shearwaters facility at the Kaua‘i Humane Society shelter outside Puhi, gets inspected.

  • Bobby Brittingham, Archipelago Research and Conservation / Special to The Garden Island

    The rescued Hawaiian petrel chick is cared for by an Archipelago Research and Conservation monitoring team on the North Shore prior to a helicopter ride to Lihu‘e Airport.

  • Emily Renkey, Save Our Shearwaters / Special to The Garden Island

    The petrel, identified as MMJ122, gets its daily inspection last week.

LIHU‘E — Fewer shearwaters than usual have been affected by artificial outdoor lighting in 2021, halfway through peak seabird fallout season on Kaua‘i.

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