Restoration Volunteers

Help Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project restore a native forest

Over the past few years, MFBRP and volunteers have planted over 20,000 seedlings in the Nakula Natural Area Reserve on southeast Maui. 

What to Expect:

These trips are typically five days in length and require a helicopter ride in and out of the reserve. Our site is remote, so we will be camping during this time. MFBRP provides basic equipment like tents, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, backpack, rain gear, and safety equipment. You will need warm clothes and good hiking boots. Upon acceptance into our volunteer program, you will get a more detailed list of items to bring.

Please think about your schedule and your physical limitations before signing up for a trip. We work long days (~10 hours), get up early, and have to walk on steep uneven ground. It can be wet, muddy, and cold. Our site is also high in elevation (~5,000 ft).

But this is a rewarding experience! We are planting these native seedlings in order to restore a forest that has been degraded by non-native plants and ungulates like pigs. We will eventually re-introduce native forest birds like the Kiwikiu to this area. Your hard work will bring back the forest and the birds!

The trips will mostly be planting, but we also need to do invasive species management, seed collection, and plant monitoring. 

  • All trips are currently full. Please check back early next year or late spring. We do sometimes have day trips for seed collection. Email us for more details or sign up for future volunteer announcements (see below).
  • View our Volunteer Packet for more information.
  • To see more information about the restoration site, go here. The trip summary from last year can be viewed here.

Office Volunteers Currently Needed

We are always in need of volunteers at our office. These jobs are very important to keep our day to day organizational needs running and frees up biologists to work on critical research and recovery plans. You can commit to a couple hours a week or several hours a month. Being an MFBRP volunteer is a rewarding experience and you will get a chance to learn more about the birds and our organization.

Please take our Volunteer Survey and sign up for our email list

Tasks include:

  • Mist net repair
  • Sewing torn gear
  • Scanning 
  • Tree trimming and landscaping services
  • Lawn care
  • Seed collection
  • Outreach

If you have any spare time to volunteer, please email Hanna at mounce AT mauiforestbirds.org.

Office volunteers donating 20 hours of their time will receive a free MFBRP t-shirt. Those that donate 100 hours will receive a guided bird hike.