the nature conservancy of hawaii


Black-footed Albatross Chicks Moved to a New Home 

Late at night on February 16, fifteen black-footed albatross chicks made a special landing at Honolulu International Airport. These former residents of Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial were flown from the remote atoll and then transported from the airport to their new home at James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge, on the north shore of Oʻahu. 

These small, fluffy chicks are part of a pioneering effort to establish a new albatross colony in the main Hawaiian Islands. Black-footed albatross nest only on low-lying islands and are at risk of losing their nesting habitat due to rising sea-levels and increasing storm surges…

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Seabird selfie! 

Each year, Laysan albatrosses return to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to breed and lay their eggs. This one tried to get acquainted with the camera! 

You can help Laysan albatrosses by reducing the amount of plastic you use and always properly disposing of trash. Discarded plastic often ends up in the ocean, where to an albatross, it looks rather like food.

(Photo: Wayne Sentman)


Today, President Obama expanded the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to a total protected area of 582,578 square miles – making it the largest marine protected area on Earth. Part of the most remote island archipelago on Earth, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument supports a reef ecosystem with more than 7,000 marine species and is home to many species of coral, fish, birds and marine mammals. This includes the endangered Hawaiian monk seal, the endangered leatherback and hawksbill sea turtles. Top and bottom photos courtesy of James Watt, middle photo by Lindsey Kramer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Hawaiian monk seal may have colonized the Hawaiian Islands millions of years ago, but today this seal is one of the most endangered marine mammals in the world, with only about 1400 remaining in the wild.

Most Hawaiian monk seals now live in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, but some live in the main Hawaiian Islands, including in Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. 

Young Hawaiian monk seals like this one sometimes become entangled in plastic debris and derelict fishing nets and can drown – so one of the best things you can do to help these endangered seals is to reduce the amount of single-use plastic you utilize and to participate in a beach cleanup near you! 

(Photo: Koa Matsuoka)

‘I'iwi (Vestiaria coccinea), Hawaii  

This nectar feeding member of the honeycreeper family, with its brilliant scarlet body plumage and black wings and tail, abounds in the forest canopy where ‘ōhi‘a lehua blossoms are plentiful. The ‘i‘iwi’s long, down curved, orange bill is specialized for sipping nectar from tubular flowers. The ‘i‘iwi’s “squeaky hinge” call can be heard throughout the forest when the birds are present.

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via: USFWS - Pacific Region


Call nā po‘e ka lani, nā po‘e moana, nā po‘e ka hōnua – the people of the heavens, the people of the ocean, and the people of the land, we’re all just one big family in how we work together in preserving everything,” says Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary volunteer Kimokeo Kapahulehua. 

Watch our video to hear Kimokeo’s story from the blue.

Brighamia rockii (Campanulaceæ) is a critically-endangered Hawai'ian endemic found on coastal shrublands and cliffs on the island of Moloka'i. Its range previously extended to Lana'i and Maui, but it has been wiped out on those islands by habitat destruction, competing invasive plants, and grazing by introduced livestock.