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  • A crew of biologists visited Hawadax Island in 2013 to monitor for signs of nature’s recovery five years after a successful project to eradicate invasive rats from the island.
  • Nature is rebounding on Hawadax Island. Biologists reported a fivefold increase in numbers of black oystercatcher nests.
  • Archeological studies have explored how Aleut people used birds on the now-uninhabited island and provided a long-term perspective on the its bird populations. This artifact will be housed at The Aleut Corporation after study.
  • Biologists visiting the island follow protocols designed to ensure the most accurate bird counts.
  • Snow geese on Hawadax Island.
  • Rock sandpiper.
  • Signs of recovery at Hawadax Island include five active bald eagle nests and two active peregrine falcon nests.
  • For the first time ever, tufted puffins were discovered to be breeding and nesting on Hawadax Island five years after the island restoration in 2008.
  • A wide-angle photograph of a cackling goose nest on the tundra habitat of Hawadax Island in Alaska’s Aleutian archipelago.
  • A Northern fulmar soars off the coast of Hawadax Island.
  • A green-winged teal chick on a freshwater pond on Hawadax Island confirms a successful nesting year.
Return of the Birds
On Hawadax Island, abundant bird calls can  be heard where once there was only eerie silence.

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