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DLNR News Release- Help to Restore the Symphony in the Forest, Nov. 27, 2018

Posted on Nov 28, 2018 in Latest Department News

(Honolulu) – Mosquitos and rats can be pests for people, but they’re also very harmful to our endangered native birds. The Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project (KFBRP) is starting an end-of-the-year fundraising and outreach campaign to help the native birds on the island recover their population.

Entitled, “Songs, Not Silence”, aka “Restore the Symphony in the Forest” the project is aimed at helping restore the birds chorus to full strength. Even before the arrival of people, many of Kauai’s forest bird species were occupying the forests, but over time they have been threatened by mosquito-borne avian malaria and other environmental threats. Mosquito-disease control and rat trapping work is needed to help recover bird populations.

KFBRP staff needs funding for helicopter flights to remote locations, interns to help with research efforts, radio transmitters to help track the birds and their activities, mist nets to help catch them for tracking, sampling and disease screenings. They need cannisters with water and bags of alfalfa to help lure mosquitos for control efforts.

In addition, funding is needed for research especially for the ʻAkekeʻe and Puaiohi, two critically endangered forest birds. The ʻAkekeʻe exist only on Kaua’i and only 1,000 remain. Puaiohi numbers are also down to just 500 individuals in the wild. Mosquitos and rats have contributed to their dwindling populations.

To contribute, please go to:

You can also donate at, or send a check made out to Garden Island Resource Conservation and Development, Inc (GIRCD) and mail to KFBRP, PO Box 27, Hanapepe HI, 96716.

For more information on the KFBRP: Kaua’i Forest Bird Recovery Project

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Media contact:

AJ McWhorter

DLNR Communications Specialist

Hawaii Dept. of Land and Natural Resources

[email protected]

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808-587-0396 (Communications Office)

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