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2012-05-23 19:27:33

Biologists Leonard Freed and Rebecca Cann from the University of Hawaii at Manoa have been studying birds at Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge for 20 years. Located on an old cattle ranch on the windward slope of Mauna Kea on the Island of Hawaii, it was established in 1985 to protect 8 species of rare and endangered perching birds. The refuge and its volunteers planted over 400,000 seedlings of native koa trees in an abandoned pasture to restore high elevation forest. The once-rare...

2011-11-08 21:48:21

The Wildlife Society's annual conference is from Nov. 5 to 10 on Waikoloa (the Big Island), Hawaii. USGS scientists are heavily involved in the conference´s sessions, workshops and talks. Said USGS Director Marcia McNutt, "USGS science being presented at TWS is key to helping managers and policymakers make informed. balanced and cost-effective decisions about natural resources that have economic, social, ecological and cultural importance to multiple stakeholder communities." The...

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2010-03-11 09:45:00

Wildlife experts praised the Obama administration for its "holistic approach" to conversation in Hawaii, after it named 48 species to be added to the endangered species list on Wednesday, boosting the number of endangered Hawaiian species from 2 to 50. The administration also plans to set aside more than 40 square miles on Kauai as a critical refuge for plants and animals to flourish. The habitat will allow the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to adopt a new approach to protecting species by...

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2009-09-17 12:46:55

In the late 1920s, people intentionally introduced birds known as Japanese white-eyes into Hawaiian agricultural lands and gardens for purposes of bug control. Now, that decision has come back to bite us. A recent increase in the numbers of white-eyes that live in old-growth forests is leaving native bird species with too little to eat, according to a report published online on September 17th in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication. The findings show that introduced species can alter...


Word of the Day
holluschickie
  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'
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