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Release of Nihoa Millerbirds on Laysan Island Offers New Hope for Critically Endangered Species

New hope for critically endangered Nihoa Millerbirds with their release on Laysan Island.
New hope for critically endangered Nihoa Millerbirds with their release on Laysan Island. Credit: Mark MacDonald

In a historic and collaborative effort to save a species from extinction, 24 critically endangered Nihoa Millerbirds were released on Laysan Island in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument on September 10, 2011. The release was the result of many years of research and detailed planning by biologists and resource managers, led by a partnership between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and American Bird Conservancy (ABC).

Click Here for the Latest Update on the Nihoa Millerbirds on Laysan Island.

100 Years Later, Endangered Millerbirds Breed Once Again on Laysan Island. Learn more

Click Here for photos, videos and more information (you will be directed to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website).

Click Here to view the March 28, 2012 Press Release (651kb pdf).

Click Here to view the March 16, 2012 Press Release (270kb pdf).

Click Here to view the September 19, 2011 Press Release (2.1mb pdf).

The Millerbird Translocation Project is a partnership of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and American Bird Conservancy within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and World Heritage Site. The Monument is managed by the Departments of Interior and Commerce and the State of Hawai'i as Co-Trustees.