First Wind takes steps to protect seabirds on Maui

First Wind has started work on a program to preserve the population of threatened or endangered Hawaiian seabirds in West Maui, several miles from the company’s Kaheawa Wind project, seen in this file photo.
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First Wind has started work on a program to preserve the population of threatened or endangered Hawaiian seabirds in West Maui, several miles from the company’s Kaheawa Wind project, seen in this file photo.

First Wind officials said Tuesday that they have started work on a program to preserve the population of threatened or endangered Hawaiian seabirds in West Maui, several miles from the company’s Kaheawa Wind project.

First WInd is constructing two fenced enclosures about 10 miles west of Wailuku to protect the Hawaiian petral, which is federally endangered, and the threatened Newell’s shearwater. The enclosures, which will encompass four to five acres, will have features to keep predators such as rats and mongoose out.

“We are very hopeful that this program will help promote the recovery of these rare native species in West Maui,” Dave Cowarn, First Wind’s vice president for environmental affairs, said in a statement. “This is a unique program the like of which has never been done before in the wind industry.”

First Wind worked with New Zealand-based EcoWorks, Honolulu-based SWCA Environmental Consultants, the Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Hawaii Natural Areas Reserve System, and the New South Wales Department of Environment and Climate Change on the project, along with seabird expert David Ainley and Feral Animal Removal Experts LLC.

From Pacific Business News.

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