American Bird Conservancy's Oceans and Islands Programs |
Oahu by George Wallace, May 2007
Oceanic islands and their surrounding marine ecosystems are some of the wildest and most remote parts of our planet. Many people are unfamiliar with some of these far-flung places, and with a few notable exceptions, such as Hawaii, some oceanic islands are highly inaccessible. The vastness of the open sea is almost beyond comprehension, but our oceans and islands are inhabited by some of the most amazing and imperiled birds in the world—birds that demand our awareness and conservation attention.
Because birds that inhabit the oceans and islands of the Americas are more endangered and less known to conservation-minded citizens, American Bird Conservancy formed its Oceans and Islands Division in 2009 to address the needs of birds on islands and at sea.
ABC is the only non-profit organization based in the United States to have such a program, which comprises two main focus areas: