Islands Society Recognizes Kaua’i Forest Bird Recovery Project Leader as a “Local Female Leader” – 10/08/15

Dr. Lisa Crampton becomes the first woman from the Outer Islands of Hawai’i to be selected for the nonprofit’s female leadership recognition program

Kapaa, Hawaii – Oct. 8, 2015 — Today, the Islands Society announced that it had selected Dr. Lisa Crampton as its “Local Female Leader” for November, 2015. Dr. Crampton received the award for her long-standing commitment to conserving endangered birds in Kaua’i, Hawai’i.

In her current role as the Project Leader for the Kaua’i Forest Bird Recovery Project, Dr. Crampton leads research, conservation and outreach efforts to protect the fast declining population of indigenous birds on the island.

“Don’t assume that you can’t do certain things because you haven’t tried it before, and especially if you think you can’t do it because a man can do it better,” advises Dr. Crampton. “It’s important to have a diverse skill set. Knowledge is important but skills are also important. When you’re going through your education, think about not only what content you’re going to learn about, but also what you’re going to learn as far as skills, especially problem solving skills and critical skills.”

“Lisa’s success as an accomplished academic and leading expert in conservation is exemplary for girls and women,” says Keiko Ono, Managing Director for the Local Female Leaders Program. “To make an impact at scale, girls and women need to build their leadership capacities in a variety of ways. Her story reminds us that girls and women often need more than subject matter expertise to realize their full potential. They must also obtain specific skills to be able to successfully develop and implement large-scale projects in their local communities and beyond.”

Dr. Crampton`s lifelong dedication to promoting biodiversity and her efforts to protect unique ecosystems in Kaua’i have already made an impact on individuals as far away as Austria, India and Bulgaria.

About Lisa Crampton

Dr. Lisa Crampton currently heads the Kaua’i Forest Birds Recovery Project which aims to promote knowledge, appreciation, and conservation of Kauai’s native forest birds. Prior to her work in Hawai’i, Dr. Crampton oversaw large-scale monitoring and research projects in conservation. Dr. Campton received her B.Sc. in Biology (Honors) from the University of Victoria, British Columbia and her M.Sc. in Ecology from the University of Calgary, Alberta before completing her Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2004.

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About the Local Female Leaders Program

Through the Local Female Leaders Program, the Islands Society recognizes females from around the world who are thought leaders in their local communities. Under the program, the Islands Society selects a local female leader from a different island community each month. That local female leader is then provided the opportunity to share her insights on how the health and well-being of girls and women can be improved in her own community based on her own life experiences.


About the Islands Society

The Islands Society is an independent, non-partisan, non-governmental organization that develops and implements projects that inspire and empower islanders around the world. These projects are currently organized around two main themes: community projects and next generation leaders. The community projects centre on ten issue areas, including charity, conservation, democracy, disaster relief, education, equality, health, innovation, security, and sustainability. Meanwhile, the next generation leader projects support artists, athletes, chefs, incubators, musicians, policy makers, storytellers, and technologists. The Islands Society is based on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.



About the Pacific Islands Society (PacSoc)

The Pacific Islands Society is a constituent society of the Islands Society. Its mission is to respect, inspire, and empower Pacific Islanders around the world, especially women and the next generation of leaders. PacSoc is the oldest and most active of the Islands Society’s constituent societies. It currently runs a number of high-profile programs, including NexGen Pacific Artists, Pacific Security Scholars, and Pacific Young Leaders on Disarmament. The society also has almost 4,000 followers on Facebook. The Pacific Islands Society is based on Oahu, Hawaii.


About the Kaua’i Forest Bird Recovery Project

The Kaua’i Forest Bird Recovery Project is a State of Hawai’i Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) program facilitated by the Pacific Studies Cooperative Unit of the University of Hawai’i. It is funded and supported by numerous partners including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, DOFAW, and several other organizations and individuals. The Kaua’i Forest Bird Recovery Project is committed to promoting knowledge, appreciation, and conservation of Kaua’i’s native forest birds, all of which are unique to Hawai’i; several are endemic to (found only on) Kaua’i.


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