Photo: Newell's shearwater chick in a natural burrow. Artificial burrows were constructed as part of the rescue operation meant to increase numbers of this endangered bird species. Photo credit: Andre Raine/Kauaʻi Endangered Seabird Recovery Project
Lindsay Young, the project coordinator for PRC, and Hannah Nevins of ABC's Seabird Program spoke to Discovery News today from atop the refuge at Kīlauea Point as they checked on the baby birds.
"The chicks all looked really good and healthy," Nevins said. "They all looked spunky."
Young added, "We're just about to do the first feeding. They're going to be fed a slurry of fish and squid and Pedialyte (a dehydration-prevention solution)."
Newell's shearwaters are one of two seabirds native to the Hawaiian Islands. They are found nowhere else on Earth. Collisions with man-made structures during night flights, predation by a multitude of hungry animals and birds (cats, rats, pigs, barn owls and more) and other threats have greatly reduced the bird's numbers over the years.