What is the State Bird of Hawaii?

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Ah Hawaii, land of beautiful beaches, surfing, warm weather, and unique birds. Because of its distance to the mainland, Hawaii is home to over 60 species of endemic birds. Few are as unique (or rare) as the Nene , or Hawaiian Goose , Hawaii’s state bird. Nenes can only be found in Hawaii, and used to be plentiful. When Hawaii designated the Nene as the state symbol in 1957 , it was uncertain if the goose would escape extinction.

The ‘Alal uses tools, Climate Change Hammers Hawaii

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In a related story, a recent study notes that Kauai, an Island of Hawaii, have lost a lot of birds due to climate change. From Nature : Eben Paxton, of the US Geological Survey’s Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center in Hawaii, and his colleagues analysed data on seven native species of forest bird on Kauai. Birds climate change Conservation Hawaii tool useHawaiian Crows Use Tools.

Can GM Skeeters Save Hawaii’s Birds?

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Something of the same sort may be in the works for Hawaii, with scientists considering unprecedented measures for the best of reasons. In the meantime, you might want to book a trip to Hawaii to see ‘i’wi while you still can. News ‘i’iwi Avian Influenza genetically modified insects Hawaii mosquitoes

This Week in Bird News: Hawaiian Edition

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In the popular imagination, Hawaii is a tropical paradise. (No, And if you’re lucky enough to be on the island of Hawaii next weekend (Sept. The festival includes a chance to check out the brand-new Hawaii Island Coast-to-Coast Birding Trail , which stretches from Kona to Hilo, as well as to hop on board a pelagic cruise. News endangered species endemic birds Hawaii Hawaiian Crow Kaua’i new caledonian crow tool use

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Endangered Species Act: Potential Downlisting for Hawaiian Goose (nene)

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Habitat has been improved and conserved in some areas, though Hawaii’s increasing human population has made that a challenge. The number of wild geese has increased dramatically: in 1960, there were an estimated 30 birds on a single island, Hawaii, but the current estimate is 2,855 on Kauai, Molokai, Maui, and Hawaii. The current statewide nene population estimate is 2,855 individuals, with the wild populations on the islands of Hawaii, Maui, Molokai, Kauai, and Oahu.

Altruism, Albatrosses, and Vicious Young Men

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27, 2015 Christian Gutierrez, Raymond Justice, and Carter Mesker went on a camping trip to Ka’ena Point Natural Area Reserve on Oahu, Hawaii. Birds Conservation albatross killings Carter Mesker Christian Gutierrez Hawaii albatross Hob Osterlund Ka'ena Point albatross Laysan albatross Oahu albatross Pacific Rim Conservation Raymond JusticeOn Dec.

Do Fence Me In: Protecting the Hawaiian Petrel

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While his poem was about the dubious nature of boundaries kept in check by surly New England yankees, the sentiment holds true in Hawaii, at least. News birds and feral cats fence Feral Cats Hawaii Hawaiian Petrel“Good fences make good neighbors,” wrote poet Robert Frost. Specifically, the state’s Big Island, where a new fence was just completed in the hopes of protecting an endangered bird.

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Vegan Food & Adorable Wild Chickens in Hawaii

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At the end of April I went to Hawaii with my boyfriend and my family. Anyway, there are still some wild chickens in Hawaii, and I snapped a few photos of them. We had such an amazing time, and I have meant to post some pictures ever since! Now it’s JUNE and here I am finally doing it. The first one of the hen with her chicks is my favorite–could they BE any CUTER??: Wild hen & her babies in Haleiwa. A gorgeous rooster in Haleiwa.

Sooty Terns are Very Loud

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I spent time with the Sooty Terns when I worked on Tern Island in French Frigate Shoals , in the north of Hawaii. Birds French Frigate Shoals Hawaii tern Tern Island I’m not quite sure why I started thinking about Sooty Terns today, but once I did couldn’t get them out of my mind so I may as well harness that and do a post on them. They are, I think, the most numerous species of seabird in the tropical Pacific I haven’t done a post on yet.

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Best & Worst States for Animal Protection

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New Jersey Illinois Massachusetts Colorado Maine WORST STATES Ohio Hawaii Alabama North Dakota Mississippi Idaho South Dakota (worst) According to the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the states fell this way. BEST Illinois (best) Maine Michigan Oregon California WORST Mississippi Idaho Hawaii North Dakota Kentucky. According to this Technorati article , the Humane Society rated the states on their animal protection laws. BEST STATES California (best-yay!)

A Birder Reads a Scientific Paper

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Birding Conservation Hawaii Millerbird science TranslocationIn addition to my monthly posts here, I have also written short pieces and feature articles that rely on bird-related scientific literature. My impression is that few birders dive into ornithological and ecological papers, but there’s much to be learned, even if the reading can be tough sledding. This post provides a quick overview of how a birder might approach that task. It is helpful to have a sample paper.

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For the Birds: Midway Atoll Mouse Eradication and NEPA

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Conservation Hawaii Midway Atoll NWR NEPA USFWSThe Northwestern Hawaiian Islands are home to some of the largest assemblages of breeding seabirds in the United States. These remote islands, some more than 1,000 miles from Honolulu, are home to huge globally-significant colonies of Laysan and Black-footed Albatross, among many others. Many of these islands are part of the Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge and one of the most important areas is Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge.

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Laysan Albatrosses

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But the islands of Hawaii have two species that breed in considerable numbers, and the highlight of my time spent working on Tern Island in French Frigate Shoals was spending time with these birds. As well as the island of Hawaii it also breeds in the Bonin Islands off Japan and has recently begun to colonise islands off the coast of Mexico. Birds albatrosses Hawaii

Brown Noddies: Brave Little Terns

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Birds Birds of New Zealand French Frigate Shoals Hawaii ternsThe noddies form their own little subgroup within the terns, a small tropical group (how related they are to each other I am unsure) that will be familiar to anyone birding on tropical islands, especially those far from continents. The name of these terns comes from their utter fearlessness on their breeding grounds, which was sadly taken for foolhardiness.

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Black-footed Albatrosses Rock!

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For the most part the Black-footed Albatross is an all-American bird, with 97% of their population breeding in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (in the District of Hawaii), and a few others breeding in islands owned by Mexico and Japan. Birding albatrosses California French Frigate Shoals Hawaii No I will never stop making fun of the idea of the ABA idea of North America yes I know what a county is

Tune in to “Aloha Vet” on Nat Geo WILD

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Scott Sims is one of Hawaii’s best-kept local secrets. Not your typical veterinarian, he treats both wild and domestic animals, and when islanders need help with their pets and livestock, he’s the one they call. He’ll even pilot the … Continue reading → The post Tune in to “Aloha Vet” on Nat Geo WILD appeared first on 4 The Love of Animals. people helping animals tv

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The Terns of Tern Island

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Along with Nihoa Island this is the only place this species occurs in Hawaii. Birds features French Frigate Shoals hawaii seabirds ternsI’ve spoken before about the time I was lucky enough to work on Tern Island in French Frigate Shoals. Part of the Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge, it is an amazing place to take in the seabirds of the North Pacific.

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Man-o-war Birds

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Here I’ll finish off what I started, looking at the lives of these amazing birds, using the pictures I took working on Tern Island in French Frigate Shoals, Hawaii. Birding hawaii migration predators seabirdsLast week I introduced the Great Frigatebird , one of five species of man-o-war bird. I got rather carried away showing all the plumages you can see around a breeding colony, which means I had to split my post on the species into two.

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Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants

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Honolulu Zoo (Hawaii), Wildlife Safari (Ore.), This list was issued by In Defense of Animals last month. Here they are. San Antonio Zoo (Texas) Edmonton Valley Zoo (Canada), Buttonwood Park Zoo (Mass.), Central Florida Zoo (Fla.), Niabi Zoo (Ill.), Topeka Zoo (Kan.), York's Wild Kingdom Zoo (Maine) tied with Southwick's Zoo (Mass.), Pittsburgh Zoo's ICC (Penn.). San Diego Zoo Safari Park (Calif.) earned a dishonorable mention. I'm surprised that Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle didn't make it.

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New Podcast for Week Ending February 13, 2009

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In this week’s podcast ending February 13, 2010: **Britain’s Ministry of Defense defends its use of pigs as subjects in explosives testing; **an elephant expert argues for the closing of the elephant exhibit at the Toronto Zoo; **the State of Hawaii seeks to toughen penalties for dog fighting; **Animal rights groups protest the Canadian seal hunt in the shadow of the 2010 Olympics.

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Haiwaiian Honeycreeper Family Tree

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The honeycreepers of Hawaii now have a family tree, with researchers from the Smithsonian having used DNA to map the entire family. Good news for an endangered family of birds! Asides

Animal Legal Defense Fund Ranks States on Animal Protection

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And the worst: Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arkansas, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, South Dakota, Wyoming You can check out the whole report on their web site. The ALDF has released a report on how different states' animal protection laws stack up. Among the best: California, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Oregon.

Too Many Nene?

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Hawaii’s state bird, the endangered goose known as the Nene , has recovered from a population of a mere 30 birds in 1952 to over 2,000 today. The problem is that they seem to find the area around Lihue Airport irresistible so they have to be moved. Clearly there aren’t too many Nene but more habitat is needed. Asides

Aussan Natural Cleaners Giveaway

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This is open to those in the USA only, with the exceptions of Alaska and Hawaii. Our pets spend most of their lives on the floor. They sleep there, play there, and even eat there. Is it any wonder we should be concerned with the products we use to clean the floors in our home? Not to mention all the other surfaces and places we share with our pets! It has been very important to us to find products that both work well, but that are safe for use around our pets.

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Dead, Poisoned Mice to Rain Down on Guam

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To try to manage the invasive Brown Tree Snake on Guam, which has forced many of Guam’s bird species to extinction and as a way to try to keep the snakes from Hawaii. In what must be one of the most unusual conservation strategies ever, dead mice laced with acetaminophen, trailing streamers meant to catch on tree branches, will be dropped one-by-one, by hand, from helicopters.

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The ABA Area and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

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Virgin Islands , focusing on the arguments that had been successfully made for the inclusion of Hawaii. Or it might consider a membership vote (or at least a referendum ) on the issue, as it did with Hawaii.

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On Jeff Corwin's 100 HEARTBEATS

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When I was asked if I wanted to read Jeff Corwin's 100 HEARTBEATS (Rodale 2009) I was ambivalent. I know he's a conservationist, therefore I know he will advocate for "managing" the "resources" that are sentient nonhumans. And managing means killing them, breeding them, and otherwise fiddling with their populations. This is all very unveganly, but I went for it nevertheless.

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Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America, Second Edition: A Field Guide Review

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Plus, in a major expansion, the birds of Hawaii, the most recent geographical addition to the American Birding Association Checklist. Adding the 76 new species in the Hawaii section, this makes coverage of approximately 884 species.

Federal Public Lands: Pacific Seabirds

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Because these lands include a variety of different habitats and range from Alaska to Puerto Rico and Hawaii to Maine, it is difficult to make generalizations about their impact on birds. Hawaiian Petrel : A rarity on west coast pelagics, the endangered Hawaiian Petrel is endemic to Hawaii and breeds at just a handful of locations, including within Haleakala NP on Maui and Hawaii Volcanoes NP on Hawaii.

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Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Western North America & Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America: A Field Guide Review

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The most significant change in terms of the Peterson Field Guide series is that the Western North America guide now has a section on “Birds of Hawaii,” reflecting the inclusion of that area in the American Birding Association Checklist.

How To (And Not To) Transport Wild Birds

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Today’s topic comes from Tracy Anderson in Hawaii: what was the strangest container (or method of transport) in which you have received wildlife? I am so happy to be back on 10,000 birds – I have missed Mike and Corey and my fellow Beat Writers!

Sand Point Family Vineyards: Cabernet Sauvignon (2015 Lodi Appellation)

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But only two states have more than one bird named for them: Hawaii and California, with nine and seven extant and eponymous species, respectively. I suppose a case could be made for renaming California’s two avian endemics – the Yellow-billed Magpie and the Island Scrub-Jay – after the state to pull it into a tie with Hawaii. At last count, there are 25 species of birds named for U.S. states, with varying degrees of geographical relevance (sorry, Tennessee Warbler ).

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10,000 Birds goes eBirding

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Some states have no species at all, not even a pigeon, crow, or sparrow: Hawaii , Utah , Nebraska , Oklahoma , Minnesota , Iowa , Wisconsin , Kentucky , West Virginia , Mississippi , Alabama , Connecticut , and Rhode Island. West Virginia ranks 44th, Hawaii ranks 45th, and Rhode Island ranks 48th. Not only does Hawaii have surf and sun, it has a Top 25 NWR ( Kilauea Point NWR ) plus many endemics.

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The Case for Adding the U.S. Territories in the Caribbean to the ABA Area

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Now that Hawaii is in the ABA Area , the next additions should be Puerto Rico and the U.S. The Hawaii vote made it clear that that the ABA Area is about political borders, not geographical or ecological ones, and the two Caribbean territories have long been part of the United States. In Birding magazine, ABA President Jeff Gordon argued that adding Hawaii would “bring an unjustly excluded community of birders into full membership in the ABA family.”

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Tianmashan, Shanghai in winter

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Strangely, the eBird entry for this bird talks in detail about its distribution on Hawaii, even though it has only been introduced there. Shanghai is basically a very flat place.

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This Week in Bird(ing) News: Science, Citizen Science, and Citizen Savagery

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Birding in Israel? Report your sightings to help build an eBird-like database of the country’s avifauna.

Millerbirds Moved to Laysan

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Fish and Wildlife Service has taken two dozen critically endangered Millerbirds Acrocephalus familiaris from their home island of Nihoa in the northwestern Hawaii and moved them to Laysan about 650 miles to the north. The U.S. The hope is that a second population of the species, which numbers between 500 and 700 birds, will reduce the risk of a single catastrophic event wiping the bird from the planet.

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The Petrels of French Frigate Shoals

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It ranges from Hawaii to Japan, and I really don’t know much about it, save that I only ever got to see some nearly fledged chicks. Black-footed Albatrosses One of Hawaii’s three species of albatross, this one isn’t likely to mistaken for much else. Also the first species I saw, long before I ever went to Hawaii, while working in California.

Darkness comes in shades of brown

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But if you look through the haze of reds and yellows and curvy bills on songbirds, you will see the horrific implications of the inclusion of Hawaii. The “pros” don’t hold up to even the most shallow amount of scrutiny: The current population development of the honeycreepers suggest that sadly they can’t count as a long-term argument for the inclusion of Hawaii. You may have missed it.

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Grey-backed Terns

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It does occur in Hawaii, which is where I saw it, but everyone knows birding in Hawaii doesn’t count. Or is that Gray-backed Tern ? Nope, it’s the Spectacled Tern now! Oh that kooky IOC list. Anyway, returning once again to one of my favourite islands it’s time to look at one of my favourite terns from Tern Island. The Grey-backed Tern is arguably the less well known of the the terns of the genus Onychoprion.

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Shearwater Chase in Costa Rica

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They covered so much water so quickly, so effortlessly, I understood how they could wander from Hawaii to Costa Rica, make steady constant progress over countless kilometers of waves and deep blue water. “That bird! Get it! That bird, chase it! Chase it!”

The Great Pirates of the Pacific

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Birds French Frigate Shoals frigatebirds hawaii plumage seabirdsI’ve always thought there is something prehistoric about frigatebirds, as something about their shape evokes in my mind the shape I imagine the later pterosaurs would cut in the late Cretaceous skies. This association belies the advanced and highly sophisticated adaptations the family has evolved for a life of wandering, hunting and, yes, piracy on the high seas.

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Changing Bird Names (Again)

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He analogized the change to adding Hawaii to the ABA Area, which is puzzling since that modest change was preceded by years of debate, a membership referendum (in 2012), and a formal vote (in 2016).