From mid-November to December, shearwaters and petrels fledge in the Hawaiian Islands. This is the time the birds leave their burrows and take their first flight out to sea. They will remain at-sea for over a year until they return to the Hawaiian Islands to breed. As birds head to sea for the first time, they may get confused by artificial lights and end up on the ground as seabird "fallout". These birds may get exhausted, hit by a car, or in an area where they can't obtain lift to fly. 

If you find a downed bird, then please contact the appropriate facility for your island (see below). It is preferred that birds get released near the location they are found. Staff can assess birds on-site to determine health status and release healthy birds. If necessary, birds can be taken to a facility for nutrition and hydration or to recover from injuries. Please do not give birds food or water or release birds prior to them receiving an evaluation by staff to determine if there are injuries.  

If birds need to be moved from the location where they are found and dropped off at a rehabilitation center, then please provide your name, contact information, and location where the bird was found.

For handling instructions click here

Bird Rescue Contacts By Island


During business hours call Hawaiʻi Wildlife Center (808-884-5000) for assistance.

If recover bird after hours, then can drop-off at one of the below facilities.

The below locations accept drop-offs 24/7 with the exception of James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge,

which is open business hours (M-F, 8-5).

Sealife Park, 41-202 Kalanianaole Highway #7, Waimanalo, HI 96795  

Feather and Fur, 25 Kaneohe Bay Drive, Kailua, HI  96734

Hawaiian Humane Society, 2700 Waialae Ave, Honolulu, HI 96826

James Campbell, Kahuku, HI 96731



Can call Save Our Shearwaters (808-635-5117) for assistance. 

During business hours drop-offs can be made at the Humane Society.

Other drop-off facilities, including those that accept birds 24/7

may be found at their website


Maui/ Molokaʻi/ Lānaʻi

Please call Maui Nui Seabird Recovery (808-573-BIRD) for 24/7 response.

They will pick up birds to assist with recovery and release. 

Big Island

Call Hawaiʻi Wildlife Center (808-884-5000) for assistance. 

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