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December 09, 2019

Nēnē Downlisted From Endangered to Threatened

In the mid-20th century, there were fewer than 30 nēnē in the wild on Hawaiʻi Island, and another 13 birds in captivity.  Today, there are more than 2,800 birds statewide.
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June 10, 2019

Deadline Today for Input on Windfarm Impacts

Today is the deadline for public comments on a draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement on four Hawaiʻi wind projects.
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May 27, 2019

First Nesting of Released ʻAlalā Almost two Years Post-Release

Two ‘Alalā in the Pu‘u Maka‘ala Natural Area Reserve have reached a new milestone, one not seen in the forests of Hawaiʻi for almost 20 years- they have built a nest. In early April, reserve team members observed two birds, Mana’olana and Manaiakalani, beginning to build a nest platform near their 2017 release site. According... Read more »
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May 22, 2019

Maui Meeting Looks at Impacts of Wind Farms on Hawaiian Hoary Bat

The meeting will address the direct, indirect, and cumulative effects of Mauiʻs four wind farms on the ʻŌpeʻapeʻa as well as other issues facing the bat species
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April 26, 2019

Public Input Sought on Maui Wind Projects, May 22

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comment concerning wind farm projects on Maui and throughout the State of Hawaiʻi.
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February 21, 2019

Permit Sought to Aid in Recovery of Endangered Nēnē

Haleakalā Ranch's draft Safe Harbor Agreement would improve the long-term recovery of nēnē across 3,056 acres of privately-owned ranch land on Maui.
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November 04, 2018

Proposal Seeks to Remove ʻIo From Endangered Species List

The US Fish and Wildlife Service is reopening the public comment period on the Aug. 6, 2008, proposed rule to remove the Hawaiian hawk, or ʻIo (Buteo solitarius), from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife under the Endangered Species Act. The Service is also making the draft post-delisting monitoring plan for the Hawaiian hawk available for... Read more »
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March 21, 2018

Mice Attacks on Albatross Prompt Proposed Removal From Midway

Biologists do not yet know what triggered the mice to begin preying on the albatross. The US Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to remove the invasive ...
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August 19, 2017

Emergency Rescue: Endangered Sea Turtle Nest on Maui Relocated

The nest of 241 critically endangered Hawksbill turtle eggs was within inches of collapsing into the surf when the team performed the emergency nest relocation.
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July 21, 2017

Native Forest Thrives After 20 Years of Collaboration

ʻUlupalakua Ranch’s re-dedication of valuable grazing lands over to native forest restoration at Auwahi, Maui without compensation is remarkable.
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January 05, 2010

First Phase Of Reef Damage Investigation At Keawekapu To Cost $44,000

By Wendy Osher The first phase of an investigation into reef damage in South Maui is estimated to cost upwards of $44,000.  The Reimbursable Agreement between the state Board of Land and Natural Resources and the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service calls for an investigation into a mishap last month at the Keawakapu artificial reef... Read more »
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December 16, 2009

Maui Parrotbill Population Shows Signs of Stability

There’s new hope for a critically endangered forest bird on Maui.  Results from a two week survey conducted in September suggest that the Maui Parrotbill numbers are showing signs of stability. Teams from the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project estimated there are about 20 parrotbills per square kilometer of forest, that’s more than double the... Read more »
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October 15, 2009

Invasive Fire Ant Found at Farm in Waihee, Maui

An invasive, stinging ant called the Little Fire Ant (LFA) has been discovered on a farm in Waihee, on Maui.  Agricultural officials say it appears that the ant infestation is confined to a ½-acre area on the farm and the Hawai’i Department of Agriculture (HDOA) is preparing an eradication program.  Although this ant species has... Read more »
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April 27, 2009


Maui’s Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge is getting $7.3 million in stimulus funds through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  The funds will be used for the design and construction of an energy efficient administrative and visitors building that replaces a structure that was previously destroyed by fire. The funds are part of a larger... Read more »
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April 02, 2009


The state hopes to enter a safe harbor agreement with Haleakala Ranch to reintroduce and establish a population the endangered nene on the property. Under the agreement Haleakala Ranch would maintain or improve more than 3,000 acres of land, monitor release pens and outplant native food sources, with the hopes of increasing the population from... Read more »
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