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Kona Waterbirds

Our office works in partnership with others to protect and recover threatened and endangered species and their habitats. Our biologists provide technical assistance to project proponents, planners, and agency personnel in developing plans that conserve, restore or enhance fish and wildlife while at the same time accomplishing the objectives of proposed development. Our biologists review and provide recommendations on plans and development designs, develop avoidance and minimization measures and mitigation plans, and provide expertise in wildlife and habitat science.

Rachel Rounds

  • Our biologists provided technical assistance to the County of Hawaii on proposed upgrades to the Kealakehe Wastewater Treatment Plant on Hawaii Island. The endangered Hawaiian coot (Fulica alai) and Hawaiian stilt (Himantopus mexicanus knudseni) nest and forage at the treatment plant. With guidance from our biologists, the County developed avoidance and minimization measures that would prevent harm or harassment of the endangered waterbirds during the upgrades. For example, a biological monitor is present daily at the construction site to survey for waterbird nests, notify construction personnel of the location of waterbird nests, and ensure that all other avoidance and minimization measures achieving their goals. To date the County has been able to successfully implement their upgrades with no harm or harassment of the two waterbird species despite the presence of up to 50-55 individuals of each species at the treatment plant.

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