Storm Hits French Frigate Shoals (December 11, 2012)
A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service field station in the Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is experiencing an intense low pressure storm that possibly created a microburst early Sunday morning leaving the living quarters extensively damaged. A FWS employee and four volunteers are safe and not injured. Communication systems are damaged and solar panel function is greatly minimized, but they do have adequate water supply and generators. Arrangements are being made to transport supplies and/or perform an evacuation. Damage assessment and information will be become available as the storm lifts and communication is restored.
News Release - Intense Storm Hits Tern Island -
Damage is Extensive to Biological Field Station
A blog is maintained by personnel on Tern Island - for information, visit the website: frenchfrigateshoals.org
|Lightning Storm on Tern Island, November 2012 - Photo Credit: Mike Johns
Nihoa Millerbird Translocation Project
On September 2, 2011, an historic scientific expedition began, led by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and American Bird Conservancy (ABC), to establish a second population of the endangered Nihoa Millerbird on Laysan Island within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to guard against the rare bird’s possible extinction. Nihoa and Laysan Islands are part of the Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge.
To read about the project, click here.
The Millerbird Translocation Project is a partnership of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and American Bird Conservancy within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and World Heritage Site. The Monument is managed by the Departments of Interior and Commerce, and the State of Hawai‘i as Co-Trustees.