O‘AHU SEABIRD AID
Providing rapid response to downed seabirds on O‘ahu during fallout season
Since 2017, the Hawai‘i Wildlife Center has provided aid to downed seabirds on O‘ahu during the peak of seabird fallout season. Once seabirds are downed they need human assistance to return to flight or else they are highly vulnerable to predation, starvation, or vehicle strike. The island of Oahu typically sees several hundred downed seabirds each year.
Seabird fallout season is our busiest time of the year! Our O‘ahu-based staff works with drop-off locations and our veterinary partners to get birds examined, stabilized and on to release. Each bird gets a health check and hydration if necessary before release. Most birds have a quick turnaround time. Birds that require medical care or long-term rehabilitation are sent to our main wildlife hospital facility.
2022 SEASON: O‘AHU SEABIRD AID PROGRAM INFORMATION
We have launched our Oʻahu Satellite for the 2022 OSA season! This satellite provides additional coverage for O‘ahu wildlife care and a central base of operations for our O‘ahu staff. Please note that the satellite location is not a drop-off location. Please continue to drop-off birds at our partners Feather & Fur Animal Hospital.
Click Here to Download the OSA Informational Poster
The 2022 OSA season is currently supported by: Hawaiian Electric, Honolulu Zoo, Feather and Fur Animal Hospital, Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife, a Honolulu County Grant-in-Aid, and Young Brothers. MAHALO!
Found a bird? Click here for rescue information.
O‘AHU SEABIRD DROP-OFF LOCATIONS
Hawaiian Humane Society
2700 Waialae Ave, Honolulu, HI 96826
Emergency Dispatch line: (808) 356-2250
Feather and Fur Animal Hospital
25 Kaneohe Bay Dr #132, Kailua, HI 96734
Additional drop-off locations can be found on the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife website.
WHAT IS SEABIRD FALLOUT?
Each year young seabirds such as wedged-tailed shearwaters fledge from their nest for the first time. The species evolved to fledge at night and use moonlight to navigate their way out to sea, but with the arrival of humans and artificial lighting that natural phenomenon has been interrupted. The young birds can become confused by lights from airports, street lamps, buildings, and homes. In their confusion they will circle to the point of exhaustion or sometimes collide with these lighted structures.
Being able to respond to downed seabirds quickly highly increases the likelihood of a successful fledge!