A Safer Nest: Restoring Lehua Island

Lehua Island Restoration Project aims to protect native Hawaiian seabird nesting habitat.

What would happen to all the migratory birds if they didn’t have islands to rest and nest on? Islands are critically important land masses for birds that fly long distances over the open ocean. Without these safe rest stops and nesting sites, migration and brooding would be impossible. Lehua Island could be a gateway to recovery for native Hawaiian seabirds if invasive rats are removed. Invasive rats prey on seabird eggs, chicks, and even adults. The Endangered Newell’s Shearwater and Vulnerable Hawaiian Petrel are just two of many seabird species expected to benefit from this conservation effort.The island’s high elevation is crucial to the survival of many seabirds as climate change continues to impact nesting habitat on low-lying islands.

Featured photo: Shearwater chick on Lehua Island. Credit: Island Conservation

About Island Conservation

Island Conservation prevents extinctions by removing invasive species from islands. To date, we have successfully restored 63 islands worldwide, benefiting 1173 populations of 468 species and subspecies. Working together with local communities, government management agencies, and conservation organizations, we select islands that have the greatest potential for preventing the extinction of globally threatened species.

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