Millions of native seabirds use Kuaihelani (Midway Atoll) as a critical home to mate and rear their young. Unfortunately, so do non-native mice residing on Sand Island that predate on nesting albatross and vulnerable chicks. Although this past year a major collaborative project proved unsuccessful to get rid of all the mice on Sand Island, the hard sweat equity continues today to mitigate the impacts to the non-target species such as the Laysan duck and shorebirds.
The following photos by Jon Brack, a documentary project funded by the Friends of Midway Atoll (FOMA), tells a story of the intensity of the efforts and highlights project work that will continue through this fall and winter. of native seabirds use Kuaihelani (Midway Atoll) as a critical home to mate and rear their young.
Soon any trace of the bait on Sand Island will be completely undetected in invertebrates to assure a safe return for the koloa pōhaka (Laysan duck) and the sentinel species such as the canaries from their temporary home away from home, Eastern Island, to their permanent Sand Island residence.