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Air Force to reduce lighting at Hawaii station to help birds

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HONOLULU (AP) - The U.S. Air Force will reduce exterior lighting at a Hawaii facility to help protect endangered and threatened seabirds there.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports (http://bit.ly/2oOhT5R ) that the Air Force agreed to reduce lighting at a mountaintop radar facility on the island of Kauai. The Center for Biological Diversity, a nonprofit conservation group, said after the announcement that it no longer intends to sue the Air Force.

The center believes lights at the Kokee Air Force Station caused more than 130 birds to fall out of the air in 2015. The center says the birds were Hawaiian petrels, endangered band-rumped storm petrels and threatened Newell's shearwaters, and that most of them died.

Col. Frank Flores told the Star-Advertiser in an email that the Air Force is committed to protecting the threatened and endangered birds near the Kokee station.

Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com

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