Lehua island Hawaii project infographic


Lehua Island, Hawai’i is home to one of the largest and most diverse seabird breeding colonies in the main Hawaiian Islands. However, attempts by the ESA Threatened (IUCN Endangered) Newell’s Shearwater to establish a breeding colony on Lehua have failed since the introduction of non-native, damaging (invasive) predators. Following the removal of invasive rats, Lehua Island can become a key breeding site and the largest invasive mammal-free habitat for this highly imperiled seabird.

The island’s plant community experienced a reprieve when invasive rabbits were removed from Lehua in 2006 by a partnership including the Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Tropical Botanical Gardens, and Island Conservation; however, rats continue to threaten the island’s plants through herbivory and seed predation. High offshore islands like Lehua are critically important to the long-term conservation of threatened species in Hawai‘i as they are less likely to be affected by increases in sea level associated with climate change.

Lehua island hawaii

 

PROJECT MISSION

Facilitate the restoration of Lehua Island by working with partners to remove invasive rats and enable the recovery of threatened and endangered species.

PROJECT VISION

Lehua Island is one day a predator-free, fully protected refuge for threatened and endangered Hawaiian species, including many facing extinction from sea level rise related to climate change.

THE PROBLEM

Invasive rats are having an ecosystem-wide impact on Lehua Island by consuming native plant seeds and preying on seabird chicks, eggs, and adults.

THE SOLUTION

Removal of invasive species will provide safe breeding habitat for Hawaiian seabird species, allow for the regeneration of native plants, and create a potential translocation site for species threatened by sea level rise.

WORKING TO SAVE HAWAIIAN SPECIES

Island Conservation is working with the Hawai`i Department of Land and Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Coast Guard, the Kaua‘i Endangered Seabird Recovery Project, the National Tropical Botanical Garden, and Pacific Rim Conservation to explore options to restore Lehua Island by removing the invasive rats.

SAVING LEHUA’S EXTRAORDINARY SPECIES

NEWELL’S SHEARWATER ESA Threatened (IUCN Endangered) Newell’s Shearwater breeding colonies are restricted to the mountainous regions of the main Hawaiian Islands. However, birds attempting to breed at these sites often fall prey to invasive predators, collide with powerlines, or are disoriented by bright lights. Once free of invasive predators, Lehua Island will provide ideal breeding habitat for this threatened seabird. Remains of a Newell’s Shearwater chick have been found on Lehua Island, demonstrating that this species is attempting to nest there, and with predator removal, will have improved chances of successful reproduction. This image shows Kupuna Sabra Kauka releasing a rehabilitated Newell’s Shearwater, and offering a blessing of safe passage as this rare seabird begins its very first flight to sea.

lehua rat poison drop pilot whales

Photo: Andre Raine.

 

CULTURALLY SIGNIFICANT Hawaiian cultural sites on Lehua date back as long as 700 years ago. Today, native Hawaiian residents of Ni‘ihau and Kaua‘i occasionally visit Lehua to fish and collect ‘opihi (marine limpets, pictured) and limu (seaweed or algae), and eco-tourists visit the waters surrounding the island to view the wildlife above and below the waves.

lehua rat poison drop pilot whales

Photo: Nate Gray

lehua rat poison drop pilot whales

Photo: Bonifacio Corse

PROTECTING NATIVE PLANTS Following removal of invasive rabbits in 2006, National Tropical Botanical Garden began to restore the island’s native plant species. While many Hawaiian plant species (such as naio, pictured, and aweoweo) have been re-established in the absence of rabbits, invasive rats continue to thwart further restoration efforts by consuming precious seeds and seedlings. Following removal of invasive rabbits in 2006, National Tropical Botanical Garden began to restore the island’s native plant species.

lehua rat poison drop pilot whales

Photo: Rory Stansbury/Island Conservation

BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS With 95% of the world’s Black-footed Albatross breeding in the low-lying atolls of the Northwest Hawaiian Islands, the population of Black-footed Albatross on Lehua is extremely important. Lehua Island is home to the only documented population found in the US Lehua is also one of the few “high islands” where Black-footed Albatross nest; this island could help protect this population from sea-level rise resulting from climate change.

 

Lehua Island Photogallery

Click the images to enlarge
[g-gallery gid=”15665″]

Lehua Island Project Downloads

Lehua Island Latest News

The latest news about Lehua Island from Island Conservation's blog

A gift to Island Conservation in your estate plan will build a legacy and assure a future in which island species thrive. By including Island Conservation in your will, your estate may receive significant tax savings. A designated sum or a certain percentage of a residuary estate can be donated or consider making Island Conservation a full or partial beneficiary of your IRA, 401(k) or other qualified retirement plan.  If you choose to provide for Island Conservation in your estate plans, please contact the development manager at giving@islandconservation.org or 831-359-4787.

More Information

Gifts of long-term appreciated stock are an easy way to provide crucial support to Island Conservation and increase your giving. Benefits may include: income tax and capital gain tax savings. Consult your financial advisor on the potential benefits.

More Information

The Pension Protection Act of 2006 gives those at least 70½ years of age the opportunity to make tax-free charitable gifts, including the minimum required distribution.

More Information

Donating real estate to Island Conservation may give you a tax deduction on the fair market value of the real estate and help you avoid the capital gains tax you may incur if you were to sell the property.

More Information

 

Your current/former employer may double or triple your generous contribution to Island Conservation.

More Information

 

Celebrate special events or the memory of a special person in your life by making an honorary gift. Please make sure to include the honoree’s name when you make your donation.

When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate to Island Conservation. Support us every time you shop.

Follow Island Conservation on Social Media

[ism-social-followers list='fb,tw,li,youtube,instagram' template='ism_template_sf_1' list_align='horizontal' display_counts='false' display_full_name='true' box_align='center' ]

[ism-social-followers list='fb,tw,li,youtube,instagram' template='ism_template_sf_1' list_align='horizontal' display_counts='false' display_full_name='true' box_align='center' ]

Midway Atoll conservation

 

 

 

cbd flower everyday cbd oil cbd skincare cbd ohio 2020 onnit cbd oil where to buy cbd oil in asheville nc cbd oil stores cbd oil daily cannuka cbd cbd water effects can cbd make you tired cbd 4 paws kelowna cbd sex drive what is cbd hemp cbd oil and sertraline bonds shop melbourne cbd cbd ohio laws is cbd good for you cbd demographics cbd oil and losartan sera relief cbd oil price health risks of cbd oil good clean love cbd seattle cbd oil companies best cbd capsules for anxiety cannadips cbd massage with cbd oil near me cbd oil bayview cbd oil in fort worth is it ok to take cbd oil and lisinopril hairdresser darwin cbd cbd stress relief cbd legal limit lazurus cbd oil cannabis cbd liquid cbd oil topical arthritis pain koi naturals cbd oil review your cbd store athens cbd oil books caligarden cbd cream cbd oil in marion il cbd oil west virginia blue sage cbd oil cbd in maine buhner cbd oil how long is cbd in your system amazon ahisma cbd oil cannabis oil for nerve pain cbd oil aan cbd ml dosage fairfax va cbd oil celebrities cbd cannabis oil and cancer study cbd oil birth control

dick size pills safe otc male enhancement cheap male enhancement 3ko male enhancement reviews side effects of male enhancement pills nutrition supplements pills to grow pennis how to make penis longer pills 7 k male enhancement pills nitro male enhancement dont overperform pengra male enhancement pills best 8 inch tablet hard times male enhancement dopamine herbal supplements best male enhancement pills fo sex visalus reviews male enhancement high blood pressure male enhancement long time sex tablets penis enlargement slicon natural penis growth pills ed pills online review surgery to enlarge your penis yellow triangle pill gp shoppers drug mart male enhancement pills male enhancement black pills supplements for bigger penis x last plus male enhancement pills waman male enhancement pills anamax male enhancer penis enlargement surgery illinois male libido pills at costco pure male enhancement penis enlargement pill aliexspess is viagra an over the counter drug ron jeremys top rated penis pills penis enlargmwent pills sex pills gold and black red sex monster pills youme sex pills hair growing pills at walmart loestrin sex on brown pills drugs are good hentai pills turn guy into sex fiend alpha size supplement lower sex drive birth control pills hormone imbalance medicine how to make sleeping pills for sex saandhha penis enlargement oil viagra online pills dr paul perito penis enlargement hammer of thor sex supplement how to use extenze plus pills libido booster malaysia best male enhancement patch girth

chinese herbal weight loss pills herbal supplements that help weight loss weight loss pills in red bottle weight loss organic supplements dr oz best weight loss pills lose weight in one wedk pills the best weight loss pills in the world weight loss jump start pills keto diet meal plan for weight loss lipotropic pills from weight loss center nigella lawson weight loss diet essential oils weight loss diet no bread diet weight loss byu nutrition weight loss diet paper healthy instant pot recipes keto diet all recipes prescription weight loss pills for pcos keto diet desseert recipes weight loss on the candida diet eating diet to lose weight green juice and water diet for weight loss perfect diet to lose weight in 1 week hemp pills weight loss does the paleo diet make u lose weight south african diet plan for weight loss healthy diet plan for weight loss indian best smoothie diet for weight loss efficacy of weight loss drugs weight loss pills trixspa rice cakes dieting weight loss xls weight loss pills review weight loss and medicine dosage hd target weight loss pills keto advanced weight loss pills canada reviews weight loss pills new prescription names of over the counter weight loss pills black girl weight loss diet weight loss doctor prescribed pills best weight loss pills sold at walmart weight loss new california diet how long to detox from weight loss pills quick weight loss egg diet lee sung kyung weight loss diet top weight loss pill no change in diet keto pills to lose weight 2 weel rapid weight loss diet weight loss prescription pills nz best diet for 100 lb weight loss anti inflammatory diet to lose weight plant based diet weight loss treatment 90 day weight loss challenge diet 1200 calorie diet vegan results weight loss average weight loss for male on southbeach diet how do you maintain weight loss after keto diet walmart apple cider vinegar weight loss pills