Protecting Hawai‘i’s Manu o Kū
The Manu o Kū (White Tern) is plentiful in Papahānaumokuakea Marine National Monument. However, did you you know that they are also one of the only native seabirds that you can still see flourishing in downtown Honolulu too? And when birds are injured, or when young chicks are orphaned, they are often cared for on Hawai‘i Island before returning back to O‘ahu for release. This presentation will share the multi-island partnership effort that has been created to protect these special seabirds.
About the Presenters
Hui Manu o Kū
The Hui Manu-o-Kū is a group of dedicated conservationists and citizens who have come together to observe, protect and raise awareness about Manu o Kū. Noting that very little focus was being put on the official bird of Honolulu, the group was formed in 2016. This is a collaborative group with representatives from US Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific Rim Conservation, Hawaii Audubon Society, ‘Iolani School, State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, Hawai’i Wildlife Center, and public citizens.
Hawai‘i Wildlife Center, with additional footage from the Honolulu Zoo
The Hawaiʻi Wildlife Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission of protecting, conserving, and aiding in the recovery of Hawaii’s native wildlife through hands-on treatment, research, training, science education and cultural programs. HWC provides emergency response, medical and rehabilitative care for native birds and bats statewide, alongside conservation programs that aim to create a community where native wildlife thrive.
The Hawai‘i Wildlife Center partners with the Honolulu Zoo to provide a soft-release site for White Terns that have been raised and rehabilitated at the Hawai‘i Wildlife Center.