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Man's path takes him back to aiding rare shearwaters

By Michael Tsai

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jun 24, 2014

~~<p>To properly appreciate the significance of Ishon Mons' work on behalf of Kauai's endangered Newell's shearwater (ao) population, it helps to know a few things about the charming little black-topped birdies.</p>
<p>The shearwaters have been in decline on their native island since the 1970s, their population decimated by natural disasters like Hurricane Iniki, predation by feral cats and &mdash; more to Mons' concern &mdash; the disorienting effects of artificial lighting from street lamps and resorts.</p>
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To properly appreciate the significance of Ishon Mons' work on behalf of Kauai's endangered Newell's shearwater (ao) population, it helps to know a few things about the charming little black-topped birdies.

The shearwaters have been in decline on their native island since the 1970s, their population decimated by natural disasters like Hurricane Iniki, predation by feral cats and — more to Mons' concern — the disorienting effects of artificial lighting from street lamps and resorts. Login for more...



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