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Recent Publications

An Inside "Beak": Molecular Analysis of Swab Samples Reveals the Seabird Diet of Invasive Barn Owls in Hawai'i

Elmore, J. W., T. Wilcox, A. E. Dutcher, Y. Reiss, and M. K. Schwartz. 2023. Journal of Heredity. esad068.

Wildlife Damage Management Technical Series: Free-Ranging and Feral Cats

Dutcher, A., K. Pias, G. Sizemore, and S. M. Vantassel. 2021. Wildlife Damage Management Technical Series, USDA Wildlife Services.

 Managing the Effects of Introduced Predators on Hawaiian Endangered Seabirds.

Raine, A. F., S. Driskill, M. Vynne, D. Harvey, and K. Pias. 2020. Journal of Wildlife Management. 84(3):425-435.

In the Media

New Seabird Restoration Project Highlights Connections Between Culture and Conservation, American Bird Conservancy, May 2023

Feral Honey Bees Pose a New Threat to Endangered Seabirds - Audubon Society, April 1, 2022

U.S. Department of  Defense Provides Support for Bird Protection on Kaua'i - DLNR, September 2021

Tracking The Feral Cats That Kill Kauai’s Endangered Seabirds - Honolulu Civil Beat, May 7, 2019

DLNR News Release: New Hope for Endangered Seabirds in the Face of Continued Threats from Cats and Rats, March 3, 2019

Native Seabirds Keep Turning Up Dead On A Popular Kauai Walking Trail


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.


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.

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