DLNR Asks Kauai Pet Owners to Watch for Albatross
The Department of Land and Natural Resources is reminding Kaua‘i residents to be mindful of Albatross breeding season between now and July. Laysan albatross nest primarily in Hawai‘i - returning to the same breeding areas each year and laying only a single egg. Their ground level nests make the birds and their young vulnerable to attacks from domesticated dogs and cats.
But the albatross are also vulnerable to a long term threat from climate change as rising oceans cover their nesting areas further up the Hawaiian chain.
Brooke McFarland is a biologist with the DLNR’s Division of Aquatic Resources.
The Laysan albatross are listed as “near threatened” and their population on Kaua‘i is slowly rebuilding after a lengthy absence. Officials from the DLNR are urging residents along coastal areas to keep their cats indoors and dogs leashed.