Conservation Partners

Conservation Partners

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The Marianas Avifauna Conservation (MAC) Program

The Marianas Avifauna Conservation (MAC) ProgramMAC was initiated in 2004 to provide the avifauna of the Mariana archipelago with chances for long-term survival by securing populations from the threat of the brown treesnake. The MAC project collaborators are the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Division of Forestry and Wildlife, and Pacific Bird Conservation, Honolulu Zoo, St. Louis Zoo, Louisville Zoo, the USFWS and the USGS. To protect CNMI’s 11 native species, techniques are being developed to capture, hold and breed these species, and to establish captive populations of selected species that can be reintroduced back to islands in the CNMI when brown tree-snakes have been controlled or eradicated. Birds are also being translocated to islands that are free of the brown tree-snake to establish self-sustaining, satellite populations. Since 2008, Honolulu Zoo’s bird staff has participated in capturing and transporting the bridled white-eye, golden white eye, and Marianas fruit dove from Saipan to the uninhabited island of Sarigan, and this year, Tinian monarchs to the island of Guguan. These translocations appear to be successful so far, as translocated birds are breeding in their new homes. www.pacificbirdconservation.org

Manoa Cliff Native Reforestation Project

The Manoa Cliff restoration site is a 6-acre area of forest along the Manoa Cliff trail above Honolulu which the Department of Land and Natural Resources fenced in to keep out feral pigs. The all-volunteer restoration project was initiated by UH graduate student Mashuri Waite in 2005 with a permit from Na Ala Hele (responsible for the State trail system). This area was chosen because it still has many interesting native species and is easily accessible to the average hiker on O’ahu. Honolulu Zoo has provided funds to purchase plant seedlings for native lobeliads which are then out-planted along the trail. We also provide volunteers, and funds for miscellaneous small tools and supplies for weeding and removing trees.  There are public volunteer workdays each and every Sunday. www.manoacliff.org

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