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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...

Scientists Determine Family Tree For Most-endangered Bird Family In The World
2011-10-21 03:44:28

Using one of the largest DNA data sets for a group of birds and employing next-generation sequencing methods, Smithsonian scientists and collaborators have determined the evolutionary family tree for one of the most strikingly diverse and endangered bird families in the world, the Hawaiian honeycreepers. Not only have the researchers determined the types of finches that the honeycreeper family originally evolved from, but they have also linked the timing of that rapid evolution to 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...

2009-08-12 09:07:50

Scientists say mosquitoes that might be carrying diseases lethal to many species of Galapagos Islands wildlife are being brought to the islands by aircraft. Researchers from the University of Leeds, the Zoological Society of London, the University of Guayaquil, the Galapagos National Park and the Charles Darwin Foundation said the mosquitoes are also being transported from island to island on tourist boats. Arnaud Bataille, a Leeds doctoral student who led the study, said on average the...

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2009-05-26 13:18:49

Deadly Diseases May Move Up Hawaiian Mountains to Birds' Refuges As climate change causes temperatures to increase in Hawaii's mountains, deadly non-native bird diseases will likely also creep up the mountains, invading most of the last disease-free refuges for honeycreepers "“ a group of endangered and remarkable birds. A just-published U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) review discusses the likelihood of a forthcoming "disease invasion" by examining the present altitudinal range of avian...

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2008-10-02 07:15:00

When it comes to an endangered species list for the Hawaiian Island of Kauai, the federal government wants to take a new, ecosystem-based approach to adding 48 species, including plants, two birds and a fly. The Interior Department would designate about 43 square miles as critical habitat for all the species rather than considering each species' habitat separately. Officials said considering the species all at once, could possibly save time and resources and help the whole ecosystem. "For...

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2004-12-01 08:10:00

HONOLULU (AP) -- One of Earth's rarest birds might have gone into extinction following the death of one of the last known po'ouli. The aging male po'ouli died in captivity Friday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday. It had recently contracted avian malaria, but the exact cause of death won't be known until tests from the necropsy are completed. The remaining two po'ouli, believed to be a male and a female, haven't been seen for nearly a year. They might also have died, moved to...


Latest Drepanidinae Reference Libraries

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2008-05-02 14:51:43

The Green Honeycreeper (Chlorophanes spiza), is a small bird in the tanager family. It is found in the tropical New World from southern Mexico south to Brazil and on Trinidad. It is monotypic, being the only member of the genus Chlorophanes. The Green Honeycreeper is 5.5 inches long and weighs 0.60 ounces. and has a long downward curved bill. The male is mainly blue-tinged green with a black head and a mostly bright yellow bill. Females and young are plumaged grass green, paler on the...

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