Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project

Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project is driven by science and dedicated to the conservation of Hawaii'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 Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) and the US 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, Haleakala National Park, Leeward Haleakala Watershed Restoration Partnership, The American Bird Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, The Zoological Society of San Diego, and West Maui Watershed Partnership. MFBRP operates as a part of the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit, University of Hawaii Manoa.

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Become Involved

In addition to research, we are actively trying to educate the public on endemic forest birds and their conservation on Maui. For more information on our upcoming educational and fund-raising 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 for various project needs. You can also stay in touch by signing up for our email list (we send bi-annual newsletters as well as event information).

One project that you can support is our Plant a Tree program. Go to our Restoration page for more information.

You can also donate your Hawaiian Airlines Miles through the Hawaiian Miles Donation Program:                                                                        

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Stay Connected

Please don't hesitate to contact us:

Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project 
2465 Olinda Road
Makawao, Hawaii 96768-7138
(808) 573-0280
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