Every year about April the Wedgetail Shearwater returns to the coast of Maui to propagate the race. The birds dig a tunnel into the sandy hillside and lay a solitary egg.
After the requisite number of days the egg hatches to yield the solitary chick.
Unlike the birds in Kihei the birds of the Puu Olai will get no protection. In all likelihood they will be feasted on by the Feral cats that prowl Makena State Park.
The park supports at least four separate colonies. With ten to twenty-five cats each the number of wild cats in Makena is close to a hundred.
State park regulations prohibit the cats but state park administrators don't seem to care. Reports of dogs eating Shearwater's on Oahu results in the timely dispatchment of the dogs. On Maui the incident would probably go unreported.
View of North face of Puu Olai a hillside with numerous burrows of the nesting Shearwater.
A picture of the remains of an adult. Photo taken June 3, 2008.
The work of the Feral cats that inhabit the park. Although contrary
to park regulations a half dozen or so feeding stations are maintained
by various individuals keeping the growing population ready and able to
take out the ground nesting birds they may come across.
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Friends of Makena State Park was formally formed in 2003 to assist the Hawai'i Department of Land and Natural Resources in the stewardship of Makena State Park.
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