Protecting Hawaiian Petrels
It's a dream more than 30 years in the making, and it's all unfolding on Kauai's North Shore this week.
10 downy endangered Hawaiian Petrel chicks were removed from their nesting area to go to a new home.
2 teams have been monitoring the birds throughout the breeding season.
Now it's time to move them, carefully by hand. Each was placed into a pet carrier then carried up to the top of the rugged peaks where their ride awaits.
It's a helicopter. The ride moved them to their new home at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge.
It's protected by a predator-proof fence.
George Wallace from the American Bird Conservancy says "the idea, essentially is to create a colony of Hawaiian petrels and ultimately Newell's Shearwaters that are completed protected from mammalian predators, which are such a huge problem in the mountains."
Endangered Hawaiian Petrels are found nowhere else on earth. They have declined dramatically due to a number of threats.
For now, caretakers will hand-feed the young birds a slurry of fish and squid, and will carefully monitor their growth until the birds leave their new nest area.
The birds will remain at sea for the next three to five years until they return to this site as adults.
The new colony will be the only fully protected colony of federally listed seabirds anywhere in the Hawaiian Islands, and represents a huge achievement towards recovering this species.