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Save the Forest, Save the Birds

Kiwikiu Recovery

Ever since it was first described to scientific community in 1893, the Kiwikiu was known as a rare species and its continued existence is precarious. Find out what is being done to save this special creature from extinction.

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Forest Restoration

The long-term persistence of Kiwikiu and other native forest birds requires more habitat. MFBRP and its partners are hard at work to enhance and restore native forest on the leeward slopes of Haleakalā so these birds can have more room to live and grow.

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Avian Disease

Hawai‘i’s birds have somewhat of a unique threat, non-native avian diseases. Common throughout the world and usually benign, avian malaria was not known to the immune systems of Hawai‘i’s honeycreepers who’s populations have been decimated by this and other diseases.   

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Avian Research

In order to protect these unique species, we need to know as much about them and the threats they face as we possibly can. Little research had been done on many of these species and even information about their basic biology, like how many young they have, was not known until very recently. Here we highlight some of the research MFBRP has conducted over the past twenty years to answer the most pressing questions.

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Habitat Loss/Degradation

Habitat loss and alteration threatens wildlife worldwide but islands have proven to be particularly sensitive to disturbance and invasion. In their isolation, many island organisms evolved in the absence of the threats that their mainland ancestors faced. When mammalian herbivores are introduced, many native species and the ecosystems that are dependent on them often retreat or disappear altogether and can be replaced by alien ecosystems in a blink.

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Mitigating Non-Native Mammals

Just as the plants evolved in isolation from mammalian herbivory, many island animals become naïve to the threat of mammalian predators. Rats have spread around the world as stowaways and people have, in turn, brought predators to all corners of the world to deal with the pesky rodents. The results have been catastrophic for native animals and rats, cats and mongooses are implicated in a number of island extinctions. Controlling these predators in sensitive areas is vital to conserving Hawai‘i’s native birds.

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