André Raine of Archipelago Research and Conservation holds a Newell’s Shearwater chick
Archipelago Research and Conservation (ARC) is a recently established Hawaiʻi-based ecological consultancy and project management service that works primarily on seabirds and other native species. ARC’s Science Director, Dr. André Raine, was previously Project Co-ordinator for the Kaua'i Endangered Seabird Recovery Project (KESRP). André informs ACAP Latest News that in his new role within ARC he will be working with the globally Critically Endangered Newell's Shearwater Puffinus newelli and the globally Endangered Hawaiian Petrel Pterodroma sandwichensis, among other native species. A key focus will be colony management for these two endemic seabirds, including social attraction projects. ARC and other project partners are also initiating a social attraction project focused on the Band-rumped Storm Petrel Hydrobates castro (globally Least +++++++++++Concern but recently up-listed within the USA to Endangered). Farther afield ARC has commenced work on locating breeding Tahiti Petrels Pseudobulweria rostrata (Near Threatened) in American Samoa with several other project partners.
Hawaiian Petrel (left) and Newell’s Shearwater (photograph by Lindsay Young)
John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 22 April 2021