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.
Na Pua Makani EIS & HCP
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is announcing the availability of the final Environmental Impact Statement and Habitat Conservation Plan for the proposed Na Pua Makani Wind Project near Kahuku, Hawai‘i. Na Pua Makani Power Partners applied for an incidental take permit that would, if approved by the Service, authorize the unintentional killing of listed species caused by the construction and operation of the applicant’s Na Pua Makani Wind Project for production of wind-generated electrical energy.Na Pua Makani Wind Project- Final HCP news release
KIUC Incidental Take comments
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has published a Notice of Intent to prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement. This will evaluate the impacts of issuing an endangered species Incidental Take Permit to Kauai Island Utility Cooperative. The public comment period is open through September 6, 2016 and the Service encourages all those interested to provide written comments. There will be a public scoping meeting in Lihue, Kauai from 5-7 p.m. July 20, 2016, at Kauai Community College.News ReleaseFederal Register Notice
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!