US Defence force - Protecting Birds

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Subject: US Defence force - Protecting Birds
From: David Adams <>
Date: Mon, 19 Aug 2013 21:33:35 +1000
I remember reading Jared Diamond in "Collapse" saying some of the finest
habitat he's seen in New Guinea is a mine.

The best seabird colony on Oahu is located on Kaneohe Marine Base. Access
is very restricted, partly because of all of the unexploded ordinance.

...which reminds me to mention that the (very recent) Laysan Albatross
colony at Kaena Point is not on military land and has (very, very recently)
had a "possom-proof fence" installed with help from New Zealand team. (I
haven't seen it yet.) Introduced dogs, cats, and mongoose made the colony
unviable up until this point and hopefully the fence will keep them all
out. Anyone who ever has a chance to check this site out should consider
it. It's a bit of a drive, and the number of birds is small, but they are
just lovely. Albatross are mostly Southern Hemisphere in distribution but
Laysans breed in very small numbers in the main Hawaiian islands and in
large numbers on Midway and even more hard-to-reach islands. It's
remarkable to be able to walk around with good views of any sort of
Albatross without being on a very hard to reach island. Oahu is many
things, but hard to reach it is not....The seabird colony at the lighthouse
on Kauai (Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge) is also pretty
outstanding for deep seabird fanciers.

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