We have coordinated the complete design and construction of two predator proof fences in Hawaii- one at Ka`ena Point on O`ahu, and another at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge on Kaua`i. We will be overseeing construction of a third fence in early 2016 at James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge on O`ahu. We work with local fencers using designs and materials revised for Hawaii’s unique needs. We also provide fence line assessments and plans for those wanting to manage their own projects.
- 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. Fence construction was completed in October 2014, predators were removed in the spring of 2015, and the first Hawaiian Petrel translocation began in November 2015. More information can be found at: http://www.fws.gov/kilaueapoint/whatsnew.html
- We coordinated the Kaena Point Ecosystem Restoration Project, in which construction of the first predator proof fence in the U.S. was completed at Kaena Point on Oahu, Hawaii in 2011. This project was a collaboration with the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Xcluder Pest-proof Fencing, and the Wildlife Society Hawaii Chapter. Coordination involved assisting with regulatory and compliance documents, contracting and managing a public outreach campaign, development of a contract for the fencing vendor, designing and implementing a predator eradication plan, designing and implementing pre- and post-eradication biological monitoring, and facilitating regular meetings between all stakeholders. Read more about the fences in the following PDF documents: Report #83, Report #86, and Report #89