650 TURTLE HATCHLINGS THIS YEAR
HWF's Turtle Team members pose with regulatory
agency representatives during a recent turtle hatchling release on
Maui. Photo: John Rodarte
MAUI, HAWAII - This summer
and fall, Hawaii Wildlife Fund's turtle team helped shepherd 650
endangered hawksbill sea turtle hatchlings into the sea on Maui.
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For the 21st year, our staff and volunteers held 24/7 onsite vigils to guard each of these important nests
waiting for the hatchlings to emerge. The team then protects the hatchlings as they race to the sea.
We work to allow the process to occur as naturally as possible, stepping in only when an outside factor such as predators
(mongoose, ghost crabs) or human disturbance, such as artificial
lights that can confuse the tiny reptiles, come into play.
Hawaii Wildlife Fund is the only nonprofit organization in the state
permitted by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the state
Department of Land & Natural Resources, and funded by the National
Marine Fisheries Service, to conduct research and recovery efforts on
Hawaii’s protected sea turtles. There are a dozen female hawksbills
known to nest on Maui, and only about 100 in the
whole Hawaiian archipelago.
Want to help?
Our last nest watch was completed in early October, but it's not too
late! Make a donation to help us send our Hawksbill Recovery
Luke Sundquist, to Japan to present our
findings at the 2018 International Sea Turtle Symposium. We must
combine our efforts across the world to protect this critically
To volunteer for our turtle program next year, please
email email@example.com. Mahalo nui loa for
all our hardworking volunteers who gave up countless hours of sleep
to help the newest generation of hawksbills begin their journey of life.
VOLUNTEER OR INTERN WITH HWF
You can help prevent ocean pollution,
wherever you live.
By Hannah Bernard,
HWF Executive Director
Ocean pollution is a global problem, but we can help from our own backyard.
Visitors to Hawaii can help, too. Start by checking your sunscreen
When we think of pollution we often think of trash. And HWF is
certainly addressing that issue through beach and reef cleanups. But chemicals
also hurt reefs and destroy water quality.
Scientific studies have shown that sunscreen ingredients like
oxybenzone can kill coral. Now that we know
better, we must do better.
In recent years, we have lost 50 percent of
one species of coral in Hawaii due to coral bleaching caused by warming
water temperatures. Globally, the ocean is changing. Locally, we
must do everything we can to protect our reefs any way we can.
According to the Environmental Working Group, governmental studies have also
linked oxybenzone to
allergies, hormone disruption and cell damage
in humans. What's bad for the reef is likely bad for us all.
Hawaii Wildlife Fund works to protect our reefs on multiple levels.
team spends a lot of time in the field but we also actively testify
as expert witnesses and educate people about enacting
laws to protect our island environment.
We started by supporting community-based fisheries management areas, then
we campaigned for Maui's plastic bag ban. We joined a lawsuit to prevent polluted
wastewater from entering the ocean. And recently, HWF's efforts
were integral to Maui becoming the first island to pass a
polystyrene food container ban.
HWF's success depends on our volunteers, donors and the community. This spring, we
expanded into the global community with on-stage recognition and support from
Grammy Award-winning musicians
Michael Franti and the performers at
But we still need
your support. Coral reefs are dying. We are
witnessing that firsthand here in Hawaii. Federal funds that protect our ocean are being
slashed. Now, more than ever, it's imperative that everyone get involved.
You can help from your own backyard. You can also help by
making a Donation today.
Me ke aloha pumehana,
HONOR DEPARTED WITH MEMORIAL
those who are passionate about the ocean, Hawaii Wildlife Fund offers
a unique giving opportunity.
When a loved one passes away, in lieu of flowers or gifts, you may
donate in his or her honor through our
website. The funds will continue HWF's efforts to help ensure a healthier ocean for future generations.
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