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Biologists seek public's help as endangered birds leave nests

Courtesy: Haleakala National Park Courtesy: Haleakala National Park
Courtesy: Haleakala National Park Courtesy: Haleakala National Park

HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK (HawaiiNewsNow) - Every year during October and November, young seabirds leave their nests and fly to feeding grounds for the first time.

The endangered 'ua'u bird and non-endangered 'ua'u kani leave their nests at night, using the stars to navigate. But sometimes the birds become disoriented by lights from land, become tired and fall to the ground.

These grounded birds usually fall in areas with bright lights including hotels, golf courses and stadiums.

Biologists are expecting a high volume of grounded birds this year. The new moon falls on  Oct. 7, which is at the beginning of fledging period.

Haleakala National Park biologists are teaming up with the Department of Land and Natural Resources to recover these birds.

They're asking that anyone who finds these birds, to protect them from hazards including cars, dogs and cats.

The next step would be to call the Haleakala National Park Dispatch toll-free at 1-866-428-6911.

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