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County officials announced that work crews are in the process of manually disconnecting non-shielded exterior lights at all county facilities. The work is being done in preparation for the Newell’s Shearwater fledgling season, which begins on Sept. 15 and ends on Dec. 15.
Over the last year, the Department of Public Works has shielded hundreds of exterior lights at county facilities and is continuing the project as part of a plea agreement between the county and the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ).
The shielding and elimination of all sources of light attraction at county facilities help to protect Hawai‘i’s threatened and endangered seabirds during the fledgling season.
The county began implementing minimization measures two years ago to protect the Newell's Shearwater, Hawaiian Petrel and the Band-rumped Petrel.