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Nihoa Millerbird Translocation Project
Partners: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, State of Hawaii, and American Bird Conservancy


In a historic and collaborative effort to save a species from extinction, 50 critically endangered Nihoa Millerbirds have been released on Laysan Island in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument since 2011. The return of the species to the remote Hawaiian island is the result of many years of research and detailed planning by biologists and resource managers, led by a partnership between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and American Bird Conservancy.

Millerbirds have been absent from Laysan for nearly 100 years after a closely related subspecies went extinct in the early 20th Century. As part of a decades-long restoration effort, this translocation restores this insect-eating songbird to Laysan's ecosystem.

Last updated: June 26, 2013