Skip Navigation

Predator-proof Fence on the Refuge

ground breaking for fenceThe predator-proof fence project creates a seven-acre refugium for native plant and animal communities.

In 2014, a 725 meter (2,393 feet) predator-proof fence was constructed within the Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge to create an area protected from the damaging effects of cats, dogs, rodents, and mongoose and to restore native coastal habitat within that area. The fence immediately benefits the endangered nēnē (Hawaiian goose) and the mōlī (Laysan albatross), both of which currently nest in the project area.It is hoped that the creation of a predator-free fenced unit will improve nesting success for nēnē and mōlī; facilitate natural re-colonization by other seabirds such as the ‘ā (red-footed booby) or ‘ua‘u kani (wedge-tailed shearwater); and support efforts to translocate the endangered ‘ua‘u (Hawaiian petrel) and threatened ‘a‘o (Newell's shearwater) and reintroduce rare and endangered plants.

Partners for the project include the American Bird Conservancy, the Kaua‘i Endangered Seabird Recovery Project (a Hawai‘i Division of Forestry and Wildlife/Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit project), the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Pacific Rim Conservation, and several others.

Documents:

Environmental Assessment - ‘A‘o (Newell's shearwater) Management Actions, August 2016 (3.1 MB PDF)

Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and responses to comments - ‘A‘o (Newell's shearwater) Management Actions, August 2016 (217 KB PDF)

Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and responses to comments - Management Actions for Immediate Implementation to Reduce the Potential for Extirpation of ‘Ua‘u (Hawaiian petrel) from Kaua‘i, October 2015 (601 KB PDF)

Environmental Assessment - Management Actions for Immediate Implementation to Reduce the Potential for Extirpation of ‘Ua‘u (Hawaiian petrel) from Kaua‘i, July 2015 (1.5 MB PDF)

Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and Environmental Assessment - Nihoku Ecosystem Restoration Project at Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, March 2014 (4.5 MB PDF)

News Releases:

Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge holds ground-breaking ceremony for Kaua‘i’s first predator-proof fence, June 21, 2014 (173 KB PDF)

First Predator-proof Fence on Kaua'i Completed at Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, December 1, 2014

Building a new colony of endangered Hawaiian petrel at Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, October 22, 2015 (112 KB PDF)

Photos:

View the photo gallery for the project

Videos:

First Flight: Hawaiian Petrels Journey to Safety

Last Updated: Sep 14, 2016
Return to main navigation