Fledgling Season: September 15 - December 15


The Newell's Shearwater (ʻAʻo) is THE most commonly grounded seabird during 'fallout' season.The species can easily be distinguished by its ‘formal wear’ of black and white plumage, dark bill, and pink legs with black toes. Protecting the ʻAʻo on Kauaʻi is vital to the species survival because Kauaʻi is home to 90% of the remaining population.





The Hawaiian Petrel (Uaʻu) is found exclusively on main Hawaiian Islands. In a recent study conducted by the Kauaʻi Endangered Seabird Recovery Project and Cooper & Day, they found that the population of Hawaiian Petrels has declined by 78% (Raine et al 2017) since the early 1990s.




The Band-rumped Storm Petrel (ʻAkeʻake) can be found in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

The species is hard to study due to the fact that it spends its non-breeding period at sea and its breeding areas are in hard-to-reach locations.

The population size around the main Hawaiian Islands is estimated in the low hundreds.

The ʻAkeʻake is: Medium sized, blackish-brown, and has a White band across its rump.


County of Kauaʻi KSHCP


Downed Seabird Contact Information

  • Immediately contact Save Our Shearwaters for pickup at (808) 635-5117.
  • If a downed seabird is discovered at a County Location, immediately after following the rescue procedures, or if a carcass is discovered, the Take(s) are to be reported to the KSHCP Coordinator at (808) 241-1983. All such phone reports must be followed by an email to the KSHCP Coordinator at
  • Kaua‘i Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW). Kaua‘i DOFAW at (808) 274-3433 and by email at:
  • If the Kaua‘i DOFAW contacts identified above cannot be reached, call Kaua‘i Police Dispatch at (808) 241-1711 and request they contact “Wildlife.”
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. USFWS Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office at (808) 792-9400.

Fledgling Season: September 15 - December 15

Fledgling Season is the time of year when native fledgling seabirds (birds that have gained the feathers necessary to fly), make their way to the ocean from high elevation, nesting sites.

Fledgling seabirds use the moon to navigate to the ocean at night, as these seabirds are nocturnal.

Many man made lighting sources such as streetlights, parking lot lights, and stadium lights can distract the seabirds and they end up crashing to the ground (fallout), causing injury or making them easy prey to invasive predators such as cats.

PSA - Fledgling Season

Juvenile Seabird PSA - Saving Kauaʻi Seabirds.




As these birds approach light sources, they can become disoriented and fall to the ground, following physical exhaustion or collision with man-made structures and vegetation, a phenomenon known as 'fallout.



How to help

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General Educational Information

September 15th marks the start of fledgling season.

Save Our Shearwaters

Aid Stations

If you find a downed seabird, bring it to the nearest aid station or for emergencies, call (808) 635-5117.


Kilauea Medical Group
2460 Oka St, Kilauea, HI 96754
(808) 828-1418

Hanalei Fire Station
4390 Kuhio Hwy, Princeville, HI 96722
(808) 826-6333


Lihue Fire Station
4223 Rice St, Lihue, HI 96766
(808) 241-6515

Kapaʻa Fire Station
4-757 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaʻa, HI 96746
(808) 822-4381

Kaiakea Fire Station
4-1881 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaʻa, HI 96746
(808) 822-0936

Hawaii Agricultural Experiment Station
7370-A Kuamoʻo Rd, Kapaʻa, HI 96746
SOS Hotline: (808) 635-5117


Waimea Fire Station
Kamamalu St, Waimea, HI 96743
(808) 932-2900

Hanapepe Fire Station
1-3787 Kaumualii Hwy, Hanapepe, HI 96716
(808) 335-5444

Kalaheo Fire Station
2 Kaumualii Hwy, Kalaheo, HI 96741
(808) 332-8021


Koloa Fire Station
2810 Poipu Rd, Koloa, HI 96756
(808) 742-1516


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Seabird Predators


The County of Kauai partners with Hallux Ecosystem Restoration LLC to meet our mitigation goals and lessen the take of seabirds.

To learn more visit:



Hallux Ecosystem Restoration LLC is a locally owned and operated predator control company on the island of Kaua’i, Hawai’i. We are a team of invasive predator control experts, wildlife biologists, and NWCOA Certified Wildlife Control Operators, dedicated to the protection of native species and ecosystems, and the prevention of cruelty to animals. Our work focuses on the protection of threatened and endangered seabirds in both the remote mountainous wilderness areas and the coastal preserves of Kaua’i. We pride ourselves in developing and applying advanced methods and techniques to most effectively and efficiently manage and remove invasive predators, using a combination of best available science, years of experience, and traditional trapping knowledge.

Seabird News









What is Fledgling Season?

The time of year when immature seabirds develop the feather necessary to fly, This allows the birds to leave the nest and navigate to the ocean, by the light of the moon.

When is Fledgling Season?

September 15 - December 15

Why must lights be off during fledgling season?

Threatened and endangered Seabirds of Kauai are nocturnal. They use the light of the moon to navigate from their high elevation nests to the ocean. Bright, artificial lighting can confuse inexperienced, young seabirds, as they think the light is the moon. This can further lead to the disorientation, and exhaustion which may result in fallout; when a bird crashes to the ground and becomes injured or gets attacked by a predator.

What is the County of Kauai doing to help save and protect Seabirds?

The basic components of the KSHCP are to: Minimize, Mitigate, and Monitor.

Minimization measures include:

  • Turning off unnecessary lights.
  • Covering or shielding lights.
  • Angling lights downward.
  • Lowering light intensity.
  • Using motion sensor lighting.
  • Decreasing visibility of interior lights. 

Mitigations are actions to lessen the “take” of seabirds. Measures include:

  • Predator controls.
  • A fenced seabird preserve.

Monitoring to ensure the authorized amounts of take are not exceeded and we are reaching conservation goals.

Community outreach and partnerships.

What is fallout?

Bird fallout or migration fallout is the result of factors preventing migratory birds from reaching their destination. This can occur while birds are migrating or returning to their breeding grounds.

What is a downed bird?

A bird that has fallen to the ground and cannot fly due to injury or exhaustion.

What is "Take"?

Take as defined under the ESA means "to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect, or to attempt to engage in any such conduct."

What do I do if I find a downed, injured, or dead seabird?

  1. Take the seabird rescue kit and pet carrier to the downed seabird.
  2. Use PPE before handling the bird.
  3. Use the towel to gently cover the bird then carefully lift the towel covered bird.
  4. Place the seabird into the carrier and secure it.
  5. Put the gloves and towel back into the rescue kit.
  6. Take the bird in the carrier to the nearest Aid Station or call for assistance with transportation if needed.
  7. At the Aid Station, transfer the bird to the Aid Station's pet carrier.
  8. Call SOS at 635-5117
  9. Return the seabird rescue kit and pet carrier
  10. Complete the "Bird Take Field Report"
  11. Send the report to a supervisor to be reviewed and submitted to the Recreation Specialist and Parks Project Manager responsible for the seabird conservation Program.

What are things I can do to help?

  • Turn off unnecessary lights at night during fledgling season.
  • Cover outdoor lights or limit evening light use during fledgling season.
  • Do not feed feral animals.
  • Report downed seabirds if found.
  • Become a Seabird Monitor with the Kauai Community Science Center.
  • Apply to be a Predator Control Specialist with Hallux.


Department of Land and Natural Resources


Hono O Na Pali Natural Area Reserve

Other Threatened and Endangered Species of Kauaʻi


Honu: The green sea turtle, also known as the green turtle, black turtle or Pacific green turtle, is a species of large sea turtle of the family Cheloniidae. It is the only species in the genus Chelonia.


Ohia & ROD

Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death (ROD) is newly identified fungal disease currently attacking and killing ʻōhiʻa on Hawaiʻi Island. This fungus clogs the tree's vascular system, depriving the canopy of water, and may kill ʻōhiʻa very quickly. ʻŌhiʻa is the keystone species in Hawaiian forests, and ROD has the potential to cause major ecosystem disturbances that will negatively impact watersheds, cultural traditions, natural resources, and quality of life.