Save Our Shearwaters-Kauai (808) 632-0610
Click here to visit the SOS website at the Kaua'i Humane Society!
Contacts for Neighbor Islands added below
Shearwaters & Petrels Fledge
May need help
September 15-December 15
From early October through mid December, multiple agencies are collaborating to help save the threatened Newell’s Shearwater and endangered Hawaiian Petrels during their fledging period. It’s a time when the birds are finding their way out to sea and may collide with manmade structures or become exhausted, disoriented and land, becoming targets for predators.
You can do your part by reducing light pollution, managing pets (keeping them inside or in enclosures at night) and by following three simple steps outlined by the SOS program if you find a downed bird.
If you find a downed bird on Kauai, do the following:
- Pick up the bird as safely and quickly as possible. Using a towel, jacket, t-shirt or other cloth is helpful to gently wrap the bird. Approach the bird from behind if possible and gently fold the wings closed with your hands. Place the bird in a ventilated box for transport to the aid station. Though shearwaters have a long, pointed bill, they are usually docile and easy to handle. Gently covering the head (like a tent) and keeping voices down will help the bird remain calm and less stressed.
Photo to the right: Cook's petrel, by Sharon Reilly.
- Take the bird to the nearest shearwater aid station--each of the Fire Stations on the island, as well as the, Hanalei Liquors, Northshore Pharmacy in Kilauea. See more contact information for Oahu and Maui below
- Record the location and time where you found the bird as precisely as possible.
If you must keep the bird overnight, keep it in a ventilated cardboard box with a secure lid in an area that is neither too hot or too cold. Please keep the bird in a quiet, dark area and do not attempt to feed, handle, or release the bird.
On Kauai, SOS staff and/or a veterinarian evaluate the health of each seabird. When each bird is ready to be released, they are brought to release boxes during the daytime, at coastal locations around Kaua'i. The seabirds acclimate and fly out to sea when they are ready.
To help reduce the light pollution that attracts these rare, native birds, businesses and residents can turn out as many lights as possible, close your curtains at night, and install “seabird safe” lights and motion detectors. We’ll all save energy, save money, and save Kaua’i’s native species.
Anyone finding a fallen or injured seabird on Neighbor Islands is asked to do the following:
• Carefully and calmly pick the bird up by placing a towel or t-shirt over it, being mindful of traffic and other hazards to your safety; keep the bird at waist level, away from your face.
• Gently place it in a cardboard box that has ventilation holes and a lid, and keep the box in a cool, safe, quiet place.
• Do not feed, attempt to treat, or release the bird.
• If on O‘ahu call or take the bird to Sea Life Park (561-8641)
• If on Maui call Save Our Seabirds at: (877) 428-6911 or Jay Penniman at 808 280-4114/269-6751 or 573-4987- click here for the Maui SOS brochure
Or call your local DOFAW office for instruction:
O‘ahu Branch (808) 973-9778 or 721-0698
Kaua‘i Branch (808) 274-3433
Maui Branch (808) 984-8100
Moloka‘i (808) 553-1745
Lana‘i (808) 565-7916
Hawai‘i Branch (808) 974-4221