Predator Control for the Protection of Imperiled Species & Island Ecosystems
Hallux Ecosystem Restoration LLC is a locally owned and operated predator control company on the island of Kaua’i, Hawai’i. We are a team of invasive predator control experts, wildlife biologists, and NWCOA Certified Wildlife Control Operators, dedicated to the protection of native species and ecosystems, and the prevention of cruelty to animals. Our work focuses on the protection of threatened and endangered seabirds in both the remote mountainous wilderness areas and the coastal preserves of Kaua’i. We pride ourselves in developing and applying advanced methods and techniques to most effectively and efficiently manage and remove invasive predators, using a combination of best available science, years of experience, and traditional trapping knowledge.
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Hallux Ecosystem Restoration LLC is an Associate member of NWCOA, and is owned by a NWCOA Certified Wildlife Control Operator
MEET THE TEAM
Owners / Lead Biologists
KYLE PIAS, M.S.
NWCOA SinSE Certified Urban Sharpshooter
Kyle earned his BS in Environmental Science from Trinity College and his MS in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida. His master’s work focused on the foraging ecology of the endangered snail kite in Florida. He has worked on a broad variety of research projects focused on avian conservation, ranging from crested caracara in Florida, to island scrub jays in California, and the conservation of Kauai's critically endangered 'Akikiki, 'Akeke'e, and Puaiohi. In his search for better protection for the imperiled species he studied, Kyle's fledgling interest in predator control grew to a career path. Kyle was Coordinator of the Hono o Na Pali Seabird Mitigation Predator control team from 2015 until founding Hallux Ecosystem Restoration with Alex in 2019.
NWCOA Wildlife Control Operator
NWCOA SinSE Certified Urban Sharpshooter
Alex has her BS in Wildlife Biology and Management from Michigan State University. She has an extensive background in managing wildlife trapping for conservation research projects, specifically large carnivores and invasive mammalian species both in the Midwest and Hawai'i. She has worked on a variety of research projects through the years, with an emphasis on large mammal tracking using satellite and GPS technology, and recently aided Polar Oceans Research Group for a season of Antarctic seabird monitoring and tracking. Alex began her career in Hawai'i as a technician on the Hono o Na Pali Searbird Mitigation Predator Control Team in early 2016, and then project specialist from mid 2016 until founding Hallux Ecosystem Restoration with Kyle in 2019.
Predator Control Specialists
Tara earned her Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University in Fisheries and Wildlife, with a specialization in Wildlife Biology and Management. She was a research assistant trapping small mammals in both the pacific northwest and Alaska studying the impacts of forestry practices and management on wildlife. Tara has been with the Hallux crew for over a year, and brings her passion for research into both field work, data collection, and analyses. She presented her comparison study of rodent trapping methods at Vertebrate Pest Conference in early 2020, and continues to advance our predator control research. In her spare time, Tara is an avid gardener, diver, and dog mom.
Will is native to Charleston South Carolina, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from The Citadel; The Military College of South Carolina. His background is in Fisheries management with the South Carolina DNR, focusing on Red Drum research, in addition to sea bed acoustic surveys and sea turtle trawl surveys. Too humble for his own good, Will surprises the crew with his various skills including bee keeping, construction, and SCUBA diving. He is the Hallux feral bee response specialist, conducting hive extractions in sensitive areas and developing bee management tools. Will designed and built a mobile bee vacuum to safely and humanely extract hives from the remote mountain seabird colonies. When not in the mountains, Will likes to play guitar and write music. He is a regular guest musician at a local restaurant where you can hear his own songs, as well as some old favorites.
April has worked around the globe as a Dive Master Instructor: From Egypt to the Caribbean, she has years of technical experience under her weight-belt. Her time spent observing marine life and human impacts on fragile reefs make her no stranger to conservation. In addition to her impressive dive resume, April is a skilled and talented writer, and will soon be featured on our site blog to share insight into predator control and conservation. She is fully engaged in her work, and doesn't settle for anything less than perfection. Her curiosity, passion for excellence, and willingness to question the status-quo help us all improve in our trapping skills. As if that's not enough, April is also an administrator of the Sea Slugs of Hawaii FB group, and regularly documents new species and range expansions of previously unobserved species on Kaua'i.
Spencer has been working in the field of invasive species management for the past 5 years. After earning his BA in Environmental Studies at DePaul University, he has worked on a variety of invasive plant management projects across the mid-west and east coast. From early invasive plant detection, to program coordination and mobile invasive plant removal, he has both breadth and depth of invasive species experience. In addition to years of demanding field work, Spencer also has a background in education, outreach, and data analyses. He's proven a quick teach on the mammal-side of invasive species work, and has quickly become an essential member of the crew. When not in the mountains, you can find Spencer on the basketball court where he plays a mean game of one-on-one.
Michelle is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Hilo, where she earned her BS in Marine Science and a minor in Chemistry. She has three years of field experience working in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands of Kure and Midway. She also worked on Kauai as a KUPU intern for the US Fish and Wildlife Refuge Complex on the north shore, and at Hakalau Forest NWR on Hawaii island. Michelle has extensive experience in Hawaii conservation, with an emphasis on invasive species management and native species monitoring and protection. She is incredibly passionate about seabirds, and even more passionate about their protection. With her years of challenging field work across the Hawaiian Islands and her familiarity with Hawaii's native species, Michelle is a force to be reckoned with. When not hiking for work, Michelle enjoys diving and then hiking some more.
Kim hails from the east coast, where she attended Rutgers the State University of New Jersey. At Rutgers she earned a BS in Environmental Science, writing an honors thesis titled "Changes in Soil Physical Properties as a Result of Exposure to Elevated Carbon Dioxide Concentrations."Kim has a humbling resume with experiences in bird banding, acoustic monitoring, conducting Environmental Assessments, bird behavior research, forest dynamics research, mosquito trapping, and rodent trapping. Kim's work monitoring endangered forest bird species on the Kaua'i Forest Bird Recovery Project inspired her to continue working on Kaua'i to protect native species through predator control. With her sharp eye for detail, fierce determination to master techniques, and creative energy, Kim has been elevating the trapping game for our team from day 1. Kim has a passion for wildlife and spends her valuable free time bird-watching, snorkeling to look for marine invertebrates, and learning to SCUBA dive.
Sarah hails from the great state of Texas where she earned her BS in Wildlife Ecology from Texas A&M University. She began her wildlife trapping career capturing Black-footed ferrets, mice, prairie dogs for research with Arizona Game and Fish. She also aided the Mexican Gray Wolf reintroduction project, where she trapped wolves and tracked them using GPS/VHF collars. Sarah continued her work with wolves into early 2020 through USFWS, where she assisted with helicopter captures, GPS tracking, and wolf monitoring. Sarah's experiences have made her well-versed in a variety of trapping techniques. With a variety of trapping know-how in her back pocket, Sarah's a fast learner: anything new we teach her, she masters within an hour. Watch out for this one, folks. In her free time Sarah is exploring Kauai's beaches, backpacking, surfing, cruising on a motorcycle, and generally making us all look like slackers.
Cody has traveled around the world studying a variety of birds and mammals, but his entry into the wildlife world began in Wisconsin. Cody earned his BS in Wildlife Ecology with a minor in Environmental Studies from University of Wisconsin - Madison. There he completed an honors thesis titled "Social status and ambient temperature influence the daily foraging patterns of wintering birds."After graduating Cody worked with a variety of species including fairy-wrens, warblers, Emperor geese, terns, auks, gulls, California Condors, Spotted Owls, Scripps's Murrelets, and California Gnatcatchers. Cody also has significant predator control experience removing feral cats and rats for the protection of songbirds on San Clemente Island, California. He may be the newest member of the Hallux crew for now, but you would never guess it. Cody has quickly made himself an asset both in the field, and the GIS and data world.
Cody enjoys birding no matter the weather, and spends his free time exploring Kauai's backcountry trails.
Emory Griffin-Noyes developed a love of conservation early in life and he began volunteering at a native plant nursery as a teen. Over the years he has worked to promote native species by removing invasive species (plant and animal), reforestation of native trees and establishment of critically endangered species. Emory has been working with the Hono o Na Pali Seabird Mitigation Predator Control team since 2016, and has developed into a skilled trapper with unmatched attention to detail. Anyone hiking with Emory soon finds out that he can't contain his love for the native biota as he points out his favorite plants and animals observed along the trail. When not at work, Emory tends his gardens and orchids, spends time with his fiancee and pup, and cooks incredible dishes to share with friends and family.
NWCOA SinSE Certified Urban Sharpshooter
Lizzy hails from the great state of Virginia, and earned her Bachelors of Science in Wildlife Conservation from the University of Delaware in 2012. She's gained extensive knowledge of carnivore ecology, behavior and management as she spent many years studying wolves in North Carolina, Austria, Minnesota, and Yellowstone, as well as feral dogs in Morocco. Lizzy brings not only her years of wildlife trapping and back-country research experience to the Hallux crew, but also an infectious go-getter attitude and positive energy. Lizzy presented novel hunting techniques at Vertebrate Pest Conference in 2020, and continues to push techniques to the next level. When she's not in the field, Lizzy can be found chasing waterfalls, running, playing the ukulele, or camping for fun.