The Latest Buzz on Saving Kauaʻi’s Forest Birds

The Kauaʻi Forest Bird Recovery Project staff are still hard at work trying to protect the most vulnerable birds on Kauaʻi, but our work is being affected by the Covid-19 pandemic as our funding and resources have become limited. 

Meanwhile, the birds have been fighting their own pandemic: the spread of avian diseases like avian poxvirus (Avipoxvirus) and avian malaria caused by the blood-borne parasite, Plasmodium relictum. These diseases are spread by mosquitos, which are now penetrating remote forest bird habitat as a result of climate change. 

The team at KFBRP is working on implementing a variety of strategies for mosquito abatement, but we could sure use your help! (Check out our mosquito FAQ for more info).

How can helping Kauaʻi’s forest birds benefit you and your family?

The importance of Kauaʻi’s forest birds cannot be underestimated. As key pollinators and seed distributors, they are critical to the health of Kauaʻi’s and Hawaiʻi’s forests, which perform ecosystem functions, such as water purification and flood management. Successful mosquito control will not only benefit the forest and the birds but could also potentially lead to reduced transmission of mosquito borne human diseases like Zika and Dengue.

Buzz on over to the donate link and make a difference today!


To Donate by Check:

The Kaua’i Forest Bird Recovery Project accepts charitable donations via our non-profit sponsor, Garden Island Research Conservation and Development. Checks should be made out to GIRCD and sent to:

PO Box 27

Hanapepe, HI 96716

Other ways to Donate:

  • For small donations, Avinet offers gift cards as a way for businesses and individuals to assist local or national organizations focused on bird and bat research on a level they feel is appropriate. Avinet is owned by the Association of Field Ornithologists, a 501(c)(3) and purchases of Avinet gift cards may be tax deductible (consult your accountant for eligibility).  KFBRP can use these gift cards to purchase much needed supplies like mistnets and banding pliers.
  • Donate office supplies or construction equipment
  • Donate your time by volunteering

Keep reading to see what kinds of projects your dollars support.

Project Akekeʻe: Akekeʻe are Critically Endangered (only 1000 birds remain) and exist only on Kauaʻi. Thier biggest threat appears to be avian malaria spread by mosquitos. This project funds expanded mosquito research and control, which represents the best hope of recovery for all of Kauaʻi’s honeycreepers.

Project Puaiohi: Puaiohi are also Critically Endangered and exist only on Kauaʻi. They number 500 individuals in the wild; population growth appears to be limited by invasive rats, which prey on females as they incubate their nests.  Since 2015 we have deployed 425 self-resetting rat traps in the heart of Puaiohi’s range to protect their nests. These amazing traps kill up to 22 rats before needing maintenance. This project funds extensive predator control in remote regions of the Alakaʻi.


The primary reason for the severe decline of honeycreepers is mosquito-transmitted diseases.


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