Hawaii’s wetlands are inhabited by six endemic waterbird species. They are all endangered, primarily due to the loss and degradation of wetlands, the introduction of non-native plants and animals, and avian disease. The Hawaiian Islands are remote, volcanic, and only 20 degrees north of the equator, creating not only unique wetlands but unique and challenging conservation issues.
Hawaii's Endangered, Endemic Waterbirds include:
Immediate bird conservation is crucial on the islands. Many native wetland, forest and ocean birds have been become extinct and the remaining species face multiple environmental stresses. Climate-driven factors such as salt water intrusion and changes in temperature and rainfall patterns will magnify these stresses. Our wetlands and waterbirds conservation priority is focused on endemic waterbirds, but wetland-associated shorebirds and waterfowl will also benefit from successful habitat conservation.
Pacific Birds is working with partners to:
Enhance networking within the Hawaii conservation community that will further focus collaborative efforts for wetland and waterbird conservation.
Generate a powerful base of public support and awareness for bird and habitat conservation in Hawaii.
Support critical research and prioritize the highest conservation needs for waterbirds on the Hawaiian Islands.
BY THE NUMBERS: Hawaiian Wetlands & Waterbirds
Wetlands conservation is the key to helping endemic, endangered waterbirds on the islands.
Pacific Birds has been working with conservation partners in Hawaii for more than a decade. We are now expanding our efforts to find new funding for partners, improve coastal wetland monitoring, strengthen legislation and policy, and promote additional acquisition, management and stewardship actions.
“To many, the Hawaiian Islands are paradise. Unfortunately, they are also the bird extinction capital of the world. The islands are home to more bird species under threat of extinction than any other place on Earth. But with concerted efforts and working together we can make a difference and enable these bird species to thrive.”
– Brad Keitt, American Bird Conservancy
We are also heavily invested in strategic planning for wetlands conservation on the main Hawaiian Islands. In concert with partners, our objectives are to document wetland condition and loss, evaluate bird population status and trends, and rank some of the most important remaining wetlands. This planning effort will identify the most effective actions Pacific Birds and its partners can take to help sustain waterbirds on the islands.
Latest Hawaiian Wetlands News
Two wetlands in Hawaii will soon undergo restoration projects, thanks to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program, the Hawaii State Division of Forestry and Wildlife, and local partners.
The Nēnē, or Hawaiian Goose, is Hawaiiʻs state bird. For visitors who are not familiar this striking endemic goose, it can seem odd to find it far from wetland habitats. It spends more time on land than most other geese, and even has reduced webbing on its feet that help it navigate lava flows and other terrestrial habitats.
The recent expansion of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands will benefit multiple wildlife species, including Laysan Albatross and other sea and land birds….