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Student holding a fuzzy uau kani (shearwater chick)

This week’s UH News Image of the Week is from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Melissa Price, an assistant professor in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM).

Price shared: “In the summer, adult ʻuaʻu kani (Wedge-tailed Shearwaters) nest in burrows on many of our shorelines, and chicks will fledge in November and December. In this photo, Wade Naguwa, a senior NREM undergraduate bands an ʻuaʻu kani chick for a long-term study of dispersal and fledging success in the lab of Dr. Melissa Price. ʻUaʻu kani chicks fledge out to sea, where they will feed and mature for a few years before returning to the islands to nest as adults. During that time, remember to keep lights out, especially on new moon nights, as seabird chicks are disoriented by artificial lights and experience “fallout.” Look for “fallout” chicks on roadways or in your yard at night and in the early morning. If found, bring the chick to your nearest veterinarian for care. ”

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