Pacific Rim Conservation offers complete coordination services to implement conservation projects. This can include all aspects of project management, including coordination of interested parties, meeting facilitation, subcontracting vendors, assisting with compliance documents, developing management plans and monitoring protocols, conducting biological surveys, and assisting with public outreach.
- This year 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 success 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. Fence construction was completed in October 2014, predators were removed in the spring of 2015, and the first Hawaiian Petrel translocation is scheduled to occur in late 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
- Pacific Rim Conservation was contracted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to 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.