Here's how Kauaʻi Island Utility Cooperative's expansion plan could impact seabirds
The Kauaʻi Island Utility Cooperative’s expansion plans could mean more artificial light and power lines — and greater potential impact on seabirds and waterfowl. KIUC is preparing an environmental impact statement as part of its habitat conservation plan.
It involves filing what’s called an “incidental take” permit for vulnerable birds. What does “take” mean? To “harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect, or to attempt to engage in any such conduct.”
U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologists Koa Matsuoka and Leila Nagatani spoke with The Conversation about KIUC's conservation plan.