The view of the leeward coast of East Maui from Nakula NAR.
Volunteer, Lisa Munger planting a mamane.
Staff member, Laura Berthold with a bundle of koa plants.
Help Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project restore a native forest
Over the past few years, MFBRP and volunteers have planted over 30,000 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).
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!
Tasks on the trips include planting, invasive species management, seed collection, and plant monitoring.
- Trip Dates: August 28-September 1, September 12-15, October 13-18, November 10-15, December 8-13, and January 12-17.
- To sign up for a volunteer trip, please fill out this form. We will review your application and get back to you about your placement and with more information.
- 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.
- Mist net repair
- Sewing torn gear
- Tree trimming and landscaping services
- Lawn care
- Seed collection
- Vehicle maintenance
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.