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Kauai County workers alter lighting to protect seabirds

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 6:30 p.m. HST, Aug 31, 2012

Kauai County workers are disconnecting nonshielded exterior lights at all county facilities to prepare for the Newell’s shearwater three-month fledgling season that begins Sept. 15. 

Over the last year, the Department of Public Works has shielded hundreds of exterior lights as part of a plea agreement between the county and the U.S. Department of Justice to protect Hawaii’s threatened and endangered seabirds.

Shearwaters are disoriented by bright lights at tennis courts, football stadiums and other facilities throw the birds off course during the fall fledgling season. The birds circle the  lights and fall to the ground exhausted and are in danger of being attacked by cats or run over by cars

Under the agreement, Kauai Interscholastic Football games are limited to hold up to four evening games during the fledgling season.

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