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Saving Hawaiʻi Island’s Remaining Forest Birds

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dc.contributor.advisor Canale, Lisa K. Bischer, Alexander 2022-04-22T23:41:16Z 2022-04-22T23:41:16Z 2020-05
dc.description A report submitted to the graduate division of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Professional Internship Track.
dc.description.abstract This internship was in conjunction with the Hawaiʻi Natural Area Reserve System (NARS) endangered forest bird team to assist with the 2019 Palila release at Puʻu Mali Restoration Area and several other ongoing conservation projects. The Palila (Loxioides bailleui) is an endangered Hawaiian honeycreeper that is currently only found on the southwestern slope of Mauna Kea at elevations above 6,500 meters. Captive birds were released in the spring and summer of 2019 to the Puʻu Mali Restoration Area, on the northern slope of Mauna Kea, with the end goal of creating a second sustainable population for the endangered Palila. Post release monitoring techniques and predator control methods were used to give the released birds the best shot at surviving in an area that has not housed Palila in roughly two decades. The Palila is just one of the many Hawaiian forest birds that are suffering extreme habitat and population loss in wake of global climate change. The work described in this report showcases a few of the conservation efforts and strategies that are currently ongoing to save the remaining native Hawaiian forest birds.
dc.description.sponsorship Natural Area Reserve System, Department of Land and Natural Resources, State of Hawaiʻi
dc.format.extent 22 pages
dc.language.iso en-US
dc.subject Endangered birds
dc.subject Palila
dc.subject Loxioides bailleui
dc.subject Hawaiian honeycreepers
dc.subject Hawaii
dc.subject conservation
dc.subject Mauna Kea
dc.subject population loss
dc.title Saving Hawaiʻi Island’s Remaining Forest Birds
dc.type Master's Project
dc.type Report
dc.type.dcmi Text
dc.contributor.mentor Wang, Alex X.
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