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Seabird fallout has officials urging vigilance

November 8, 2012
The Maui Weekly

The Maui News - Maui County residents are being asked to watch out for seabirds that may get disoriented in bright lights at night and collide with wires or structures and fall to the ground, officials said.

Already, this has been a record year for downed Hawaiian petrels, also called 'ua'u, said Jay Penniman, Maui Nui Seabird Recovery project manager.

Another at-risk species of seabird is the wedge-tailed shearwater, or 'ua'u kani.

October through December is fledgling season, when young birds leave their nests at night in search of ocean feeding grounds, officials said.

Anyone encountering a grounded seabird should call 280-4114 immediately, and refer to the brochure at co.maui.hi.us/index.aspx?NID=1481 for proper care of the bird until wildlife staff can respond and pick it up.

 
 
 

 

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