Hawaii is known as the “endangered species capital of the world” largely due to the introduction of invasive alien species. Can new approaches help address their impacts? 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.
Tesoro Oil Spill Comments
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the State of Hawaii are reopening a 30-day comment period regarding the final restoration plan for the 1998 Tesoro Hawaii Oil Spill. The agencies intend to substitute an alternative predator control project to replace an existing project for shearwater protection. The public comment period is now open and will close on June 8, 2016. More information can be found in the draft amendment below.News Release Draft amendment
Hawaii Island Critical Habitat Comments
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reopening a 15-day public comment period on the proposal to designate critical habitat for three plant species on Hawaii Island under the Endangered Species Act. The Service is reopening the comment period to allow all interested parties further opportunity to comment on areas under consideration for exclusion from critical habitat designation in the final rule.
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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!