ABOUT US

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

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MEET THE TEAM

Owners / Lead Biologists

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KYLE PIAS, M.S.

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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 avian conservation research projects, 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.

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ALEX DUTCHER

NWCOA Wildlife Control Operator

NWCOA SinSE Certified Urban Sharpshooter

Alex obtained 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. Alex 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.

Senior Associate Biologist

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EMORY

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.

Associate Biologist

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LIZZY

Lizzy hails from the great state of Virginia, and earned her Bachelor 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.

Predator Control Specialists

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APRIL

April has worked around the globe as a Scuba Diving Instructor. From Egypt to Thailand 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 makes 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.

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SPENCER

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.

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KIM

Kim hails from the east coast, where she attended Rutgers University in 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's extensive resume details experience in bird banding, acoustic monitoring, conducting Environmental Assessments, bird behavior research, forest dynamics research, mosquito trapping, and rodent trapping. Her work monitoring endangered forest bird species with 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 free time bird-watching, snorkeling to look for marine invertebrates, and learning to SCUBA dive.

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HUNTER

Hunter is one of the newest members of Hallux and he has quickly made himself indispensable. Hunter was born and raised on the island of Kaua’i which has instilled a deep sense of kuleana to protect the native flora and fauna of the island that has raised him. Though new to the predator control field, Hunter is no stranger to wildlife protection having worked on several cultural and ecosystem restoration projects. His extensive experience with invasive plant control and outplantation of native species here on Kaua’i have made him a perfect fit for the team. Hunter is an ambitious learner with a fresh mind and his drive to excel in this new field shows as he is eager to pick up every skill the team has. When not at work, Hunter can be found fishing, freediving, smoking meats, and being woken up every morning at 5am by his energetic rescue dog Pohu.

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SARAH

Sarah hails from the great state of Texas where she earned her BS in Wildlife Ecology from Texas A&M University. She began her trapping career capturing Black-footed ferrets, mice, and prairie dogs for research with Arizona Game and Fish. In addition, Sarah aided the Mexican Gray Wolf Reintroduction Project, where she trapped wolves and tracked them using GPS/VHF collars. She then continued her work with wolves into early 2020 through USFWS, where she assisted with helicopter captures, GPS tracking, and wolf monitoring. Her experience has put 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.

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CODY

Cody has traveled around the world studying birds and mammals, but his foundations in the wildlife world began in Wisconsin. Cody earned his BS in Wildlife Ecology with a Minor in Environmental Studies from University of Wisconsin at 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 an impressive array of avian 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 has quickly made himself an asset, both in the field and in GIS data world.

Cody enjoys birding no matter the weather, and spends his free time exploring Kauai's backcountry trails.

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TESSA

Tessa spent her academic years studying amphibians. After studying salamanders in Pennsylvania during her Bachelor’s degree, Tessa followed her passion for herps through a MSc in Tropical Biodiversity and Ecosystems, during which she researched an endemic toad from Guyana. Upon her return to the United States, Tessa joined the Kupu AmeriCorps program in Hawaii and discovered that birds are just as cool as herps. Protecting the vulnerable Hawaiian endemic birds became a priority for Tessa and inspired her to focus on invasive species control.

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