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Kauai's endangered birds get help from crowdfunding campaign

Courtesy: Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project Courtesy: Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project
Courtesy: Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project Courtesy: Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project
Courtesy: Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project Courtesy: Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project
HANAPEPE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Over 130 native Hawaiian birds used to inhabit the Hawaiian islands; now only 11 of these birds are not endangered.

To help stave off this rapid decline, the Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project (KFBRP) has started a crowdfunding campaign called "Birds, Not Rats" to generate support for a trap used to kill rats, one of the birds' biggest predators.

On Kauai, three of the eight native Hawaiian birds which call the forest home are endangered. This is largely due to the rats which not only feed on fruit, flowers and bark, the birds food and shelter, but also the birds themselves.

The traps being promoted through "Birds, Not Rats" kills the rats humanely and instantly via compressed gas. After each rat is caught, the trap resets. 20 rats can be be caught by one trap before they need to be reloaded.

The campaign hopes to raise $10,000 in order to install 25 traps throughout the forest. The traps are made by GoodNature, whose mission and products can be viewed here.

The goal of the crowdfunding is to "amplify KFBRP's ability to protect native birds by controlling the rat population in the heart of the Alaka'i Plateau on Kauai..." said Dr. Lisa "Cali" Crampton, the director of the KFBRP.

The population of the three endangered birds on Kauai, the Puaiohi (Small Kauai Thrush), Akeke'e (Kauai Akepa) and the Akikiki (Kauai Creeper) has plummeted 90% in the past five years.

To help donate to "Birds, Not Rats" click here.



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