Biologists from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service regularly assist other programs and agencies with underwater surveys across the Pacific. Click the link to watch a short video of a day in the life of USFWS employees working on aquatic resources surveys at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge.
Staff from the FWS- Coastal Program, State of Hawaii Dept. of Forestry and Wildlife, and the University of Hawaii are working together to gather information on Hawaii’s endemic yellow-faced bees. With only two populations left on Oahu, researchers are learning their behaviors, how they nest, and what is limiting their survival so we can recover this endangered species.
Hawaii is known as the “endangered species capital of the world” largely due to the introduction of invasive alien species. Using examples of just one invasive animal (feral pigs) and one invasive plant (Strawberry guava) USFWS biologists explain why invasive species create so much damage.
The state flower of Hawai'i is a hibiscus. Yet many people are only aware of the non-native Chinese varieties planted across the state. There are many beautiful native hibiscus species in Hawai'i, and several of these are protected under the Endangered Species Act. Click below to watch a short video about our many native hibiscus, including the state flower, Ma'o Hau Hele.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in partnership with the Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project, Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife, and San Diego Zoo Global bring two species of endemic Kauai honeycreeper into captivity to prevent them from extinction.
49 Hawaiian species listed
The Service has determined that 39 endemic plants and ten animal species in the State of Hawaii are at risk of extinction and are being added to the list of federally endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. These plants and animals are at risk of extinction due to invasive, non-native species; habitat altering recreational activities, small remaining population sizes; and threats from erosion, landslides and fire. The listing of these species will not only boost ongoing conservation efforts to address these threats and prevent extinction, but will improve the ecological health of the islands.News Release Federal Register Notice
Iiwi proposed as threatened species
The Service has determined that the ‘i’iwi warrants listing as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. ‘I’iwi was once one of the most common forest birds, but in recent years has suffered drastic population declines as a result of introduced avian malaria and habitat loss.The Service is seeking public comment on the proposal to list the ‘i’iwi. The 60 day comment period will remain open until November 21, 2016.
Oahu Tree Snails
Did you know that Oahu tree snails, or Kahuli, are hermaphrodites? Did you also know that they can live up to ten years? However, low reproductive rate and other factors like predation and habitat loss have led Kahuli to become endangered or extinct.
Celebrating 100 years of Migratory Bird Conservation
2016 marks the centennial of the Convention between the United States and Great Britain (for Canada) for the Protection of Migratory Birds, signed on Aug. 16, 1916. This Migratory Bird Treaty, and three others that followed with Japan, Russia, and Mexico, form the cornerstones of our efforts to conserve birds that migrate across international borders. Here in Hawai‘i, many of our native birds are protected under these treaties and we are joining the celebration island style!