A Juvenile ʻApapane (Himatione sanguinea)
Restoration Technician Elyssa Kerr planting in Nakula Natural Area Reserve
ʻIʻiwi (Drepanis coccinea) on a flowering ʻOpelu (Lobelia grayana)
A tiny ʻŌhiʻa seedling growing out of a nurse log in Nakula Natural Area Reserve
Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project (MFBRP) is driven by science and dedicated to the conservation of Hawaiʻi's native forest ecosystems. Formed in 1997, our mission is to develop and implement techniques that recover Maui's endangered birds and to restore their habitats through research, development, and application of conservation techniques.
- We employ conventional mist-netting, banding, and survey techniques to monitor wild forest bird populations.
- We study breeding success in the wild and monitor bird food resources and prevalence of avian diseases.
- We develop and apply novel recovery initiatives for species of concern.
- We aim to effectively manage and reduce the impact of non-native invasive species.
- We conduct research to investigate the effectiveness of our control methods and formulate this knowledge into long-term management strategies.
MFBRP was formed by the State of Hawaiʻi Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Our efforts are funded and guided by these agencies to accomplish state and federal recovery actions. Guidance also is sought from partners including but not limited to the East Maui Watershed Partnership, Haleakalā National Park, Leeward Haleakalā Watershed Restoration Partnership, The American Bird Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, San Diego Zoo Global, and West Maui Watershed Partnership. MFBRP operates as a project under the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Nā Koa Manu Conservation, Inc., and Tri-Isle RC&D Council, Inc.
In addition to research, we are educating the public on endemic forest birds and their conservation on Maui. For more information on our upcoming educational and fundraising events, please see Outreach and Events. There are several ways to help fund our project within "Support MFBRP". This includes donating needed materials, volunteering your time, sporting MFBRP gear, and giving a tax-deductible donation. You can also stay in touch by signing up for our email list (newsletters, volunteer and event information).
You can also donate your Hawaiian Airlines Miles through the Hawaiian Miles Donation Program.
Please don't hesitate to contact us:
Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project
2465 Olinda Road
Makawao, Hawaii 96768-7138
info AT mauiforestbirds.org