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.
HWC brings on additional personnel to help respond to downed seabirds on O‘ahu during the season. The OSA Program Manager works with drop-off locations and our veterinary partners to get birds to our OSA site on O‘ahu. 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.
2021 SEASON: O‘AHU SEABIRD AID PROGRAM INFORMATION
24-HOUR O‘AHU SEABIRD DROP-OFF LOCATIONS
Hawaiian Humane Society
2700 Waialae Ave, Honolulu, HI 96826
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!