Community Support

Community Support

The following are excerpts are from letters of support written to HWC. Full letters are available upon request.

AGENCY SUPPORT

Hawaii State Division of Forestry and Wildlife
The State of Hawaii is in dire need of a facility of this nature. The lack of available care here on the Island of Hawaii is alarming. Native seabirds and shorebirds will greatly benefit from professional care and rehabilitation services.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Linda Elliott is eminently qualified to lead this endeavor. The Hawai‘i Wildlife Center would greatly enhance our ability to serve the public by caring for their trust resources.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Pacific Islands Office
The Center will serve a vital function in educating the public about our unique and fragile island ecosystem and the importance of preserving our native fauna.  The Center will provide a much-needed centralized, state-of-the-art facility for these activities.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife National Wildlife Refuge Complex
The Hawai‘i Wildlife Center must be fully operational to treat sick or injured wildlife on a continuing basis and to have the capacity to respond quickly and effectively to a catastrophic event.

National Park Service
Linda Elliott has successfully assisted the state with several wildlife rehabilitation and education projects, including care of endangered and protected seabirds caught on long-line fisheries, and oil and chemical spill response in Hawaii.

Department of the Interior Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance
Nowhere is wildlife protection more important than Hawaii. Hawaii lacks the proper facilities to care for injured native birds, especially in comparison with other states. A permanent wildlife rehabilitation facility is essential to coordinate care for native birds injured in oil spills and to provide a center for research and documentation.

Oceania Regional Response Team
We understand that a permanent wildlife rehabilitation center operating year-round may provide a resource for the treatment and reporting of impacts to wildlife from oil spills. The Wildlife Center would be invaluable to the islands’ hundreds of species of birds.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Hawaii Audubon Society
The Hawaii Audubon Society strongly recommends full support. The Hawai‘i Wildlife Center is a much-needed facility. Native birds and migratory seabirds are especially susceptible to human impacts. The Center will be a major step forward for the protection of native wildlife.

The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii
The HWC has been designed to provide exceptional care and treatment. This project has a head of steam, but it will require additional funds, equipment and support.  We look forward to close collaboration with the HWC as this vision becomes a wonderful reality.

Hawaii Forest & Trail
I foresee HWC being an essential addition to our state’s conservation resources and fulfilling an important role in educating both visitors and residents about the importance of preserving our native fauna and the ecosystems they depend on.

Big Island Country Club
We have a few injured birds periodically that would benefit from the expert care the HWC resource will provide.

Kohala Hawaiian Civic Club
We the members of the Kohala Hawaiian Civic Club are in support of the environmental conservation and native species conservation at the Hawai‘i Wildlife Center.

Malama Kukui Cultural Learning Center
We recognize the importance of having a wildlife center to teach others about the importance of the endangered species of our island home.

NATIONAL SUPPORT

Focus Wildlife
Linda has consistently displayed excellent knowledge of the species with which she works.  Her rehabilitation efforts are founded on current veterinary medical and rehabilitation best practices for wildlife care.  Her work with wildlife has been humane, ethical, and based on the best interests of the native wildlife she serves.

Cornell University
We look forward to working with the HWC and utilizing this much-needed resource for the advancement of education and conservation.

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Being the only facility that meets all federal, state and local standards for rescue and rehabilitation efforts targeting sick, injured and oiled wildlife, the HWC will be an important resource for the Pacific region especially following natural disasters, manmade disasters (including oil spills) and disease outbreaks.  We recognize that there are dangers to current populations of native species and identify with the HWC’s desire to promote conservation by providing the best achievable medical and husbandry care for native Hawaiian wildlife.

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