Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at https://www.doi.gov/shutdown

Features

  • Baby aeo

    Baby Ae‘o

    Chicks resemble their eggs with brown and off-white speckles until they obtain feathers similar to the adults.

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  • Coot chick

    Baby ‘Alae ke‘oke‘o

    A face only a mother could love - chicks have black down, except on the head, neck and throat, where the down is reddish-orange.

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  • Moorhen chick

    Baby ‘Alae ‘ula

    Chicks are covered with black down and have a bright red bill.

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What's Happening

Service Saturdays

Starting on August 4, 2018, join us on the first Saturday of every month for service projects around the Refuge. Help the wildlife and plants that rely on the Refuge and see rarely visited areas on the North Shore by joining us for weed pulling, planting natives and other projects. We will meet at the main entrance to the Refuge at 8:30am and caravan to the service site. The projects will wrap up by noon. For questions or additional information please contact Refuge staff at (808) 637-6330.

Predator Control

Predators introduced to Oahu are a primary threat to the endangered waterbirds and require constant attention. Mongooses, feral dogs, cats, pigs, bull frogs, and cattle egrets – all have taken a significant toll on Hawaii’s native waterbirds. An intensive, year-round predator control program has been implemented on the refuge to reduce the impact from these invasive predators.

Status and Movements of the Bristle-thighed Curlew

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The initial phases of a project to study bristle-thighed curlews on the refuge have been completed. The project is planned to study the demographics, local and migration habitat use, and genetic make-up and relationship of this wintering population to other wintering populations and the two distinct Alaskan breeding populations.

Visiting the Refuge

Use of Drones is Illegal on Refuges

Areas considered ecologically sensitive—including lands within the National Wildlife Refuge System, host to threatened or even endangered species—can be disproportionately affected by drone flights. Thus it is illegal to operate unmanned aircraft on Refuge property without special permits. In addition, if a drone operator stands beyond Refuge boundaries and flies the vehicle over the Refuge, fines can be levied if the drone is observed disturbing wildlife.

Tips for Responsible Drone Use

About the Complex

Oahu Complex

James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Oahu Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

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