We specialize in helping to develop translocation protocols and execute translocations of sensitive species- from incubation through to fledging. Along with partners, we have now translocated three bird species- the Nihoa Millerbird, the Hawaiian Petrel and Laysan Albatrosses. In 2016 we plan to start translocating both Newell’s Shearwaters and Black-footed Albatrosses.
- In 2015 we began the first year of a long term project at James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge on Oahu to translocate Laysan Albatross eggs from PMRF on Kauai (learn more here), hatch them in incubators and hand-feed the chicks until fledging. The goal of the project is to use unwanted albatross eggs from an aircraft runway on Kauai and start a new albatross colony on Oahu where they will be safe. Year one resulted in the successful fledging of 10 chicks; watch a small news story on the project here. In year two we hope to increase this number as well as construct a predator proof fence for the new colony. In year three we will begin bringing Black-footed Albatrosses in hopes of establishing the first main Island colony of this species. Partners on this project include U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Navy, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the American Bird Conservancy.
- We are the coordinators of the Nihoku Ecosystem Restoration project at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, which is a partnership with the American Bird Conservancy, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project. This project constructed a predator proof fence on the crater hill section of the refuge to serve as a translocation site for Newell’s Shearwaters and Hawaiian Petrels. In November 2015 the first cohort of 10 Hawaiian Petrels were moved via helicopter into the fenced area and were successfully reared until feldging in early December. In 2016 Newell’s Shearwaters will also be translocated to the site in addition to Hawaiian Petrels.
- Pacific Rim Conservation was contracted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to help coordinate the Nihoa Millerbird translocation project, which created a second population of this endangered passerine on Laysan in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The Millerbird formerly occurred on Laysan but was extirpated in the early 1900s when introduced rabbits destroyed all vegetation on the island. The project involved coordinating numerous partners, planning trip logistics, helping to develop translocation protocols and monitoring methods, and capturing the birds for transport from Nihoa to Laysan in September 2011. All 24 of the Millerbirds translocated survived the trip to Laysan and have been attempting to nest in their new home. This project was the recipient of the 2011 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Endangered Species Recovery Champion Award.