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Millerbirds Return to Laysan Island After 100-year Absence

The sun beats down on a small rocky island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. A lively brown song bird weighing less than an ounce forages for insects among the low shrubs and bunch-grass. Read More

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Finding Endangered birds at Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge Energizes Recovery Efforts

Three of Hawaii Island?s rarest endangered forest birds were detected at lower elevations of Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge for the first time in 30 years. Read More

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Restoring a Missing Piece of Guam's Culture: The Ko'ko' for Cocos Project

Thanks to the extensive restoration efforts of the "Ko'ko' for Cocos Project," the Guam rail or ko'ko', is now breeding on Guam's Cocos... Read More

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Journey for Survival: Successful Translocation of the Nation's Rarest Duck

There was a time when sightings of Laysan ducks (Anas Laysanesis) were scarce. Prior to 2004, the species consisted of a single population of about 450 birds found only ... Read More

Featured Species in Hawaii

Wekiu bug, photo credit: Jesse Eiben, University of Hawaii

Wekiu bug

The wekiu bug is flightless insect and inhabits the summit area of Mauna Kea in Hawaii. In October 2011, the species was removed from the list of candidate species in need of Endangered Species Act protection, after conservation actions helped stabilize population numbers.

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Wekiu bug

Photo credit: Jesse Eiben, University of Hawaii

Swamp pink, Photo credit: Gene Nieminen, USFWS

Swamp pink

Swamp pink is a perennial herb in the lily family. It is known to occur in headwater streams and mountain bogs from New Jersey to Georgia.

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Swamp pink

Photo credit: Jesse Eiben, University of Hawaii

Partnership Stories in Hawaii

Alani (Melicope clusiifolia) habitat. Credit: Forest and Kim Starr

Preventing Plant Extinction in Hawaii

A short documentary about preventing native hawaiian plants from going extinct featuring the work of botanist Hank Oppenheimer... More »

Nihoa Millerbird Translocation Project




Unique to Hawaii

  • Mauna Loa silverswords, Photo credit: Ken Foote, USFWS

    Mauna Loa silverswords (Argyroxiphium kauense) are long-lived plants found only in the active volcano of Mauna Loa on the island of Hawai?i. Silverswords may live up to 50 years before flowering once and then dying. The largest population is located on national park land on Kahuku Ranch.

    Photo credit: Ken Foote, USFWS

  • Kaua'i cave wolf spider, Photo credit: Gordon Smith, USFWS

    The Kaua'i cave wolf spider (Adelocosa anops) is the only wolf spider known to be totally eyeless. The spider grows to reach the size of a 50 cent piece and preys exclusively on the Kauai cave amphipod, which is also listed as an endangered species. Both the Kaua'i cave wolf spider and Kaua?i cave amphipod are only known to occur in a few caves in the Koloa-Poipu region.

    Photo credit: Gordon Smith, USFWS

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Last updated: May 19, 2014