ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS AN AKIKIKI!
Aloha friends! I’m so excited to share with you that I will be volunteering with Kauai Forest Birds Recovery Project in the remote Alakai Wilderness Preserve. I’ve been in touch with Kauai Forest Birds since before I relocated to Hawaii. Their mission is to promote knowledge, appreciation, and conservation of Kaua’i’s native forest birds. Their efforts focus on the three federally endangered species, Puaiohi, Akikiki, and Akekee, with the goal of facilitating recovery of their populations in the wild. Hawaii is sadly known as the extinction capital and the endangered species capital of the world. Hawaii has lost 77 known species of birds and is home to over 1/3 of the endangered species in the United States. Threats to Hawaii’s native forest birds include: loss of habitat, invasive plant species, feral ungulates, introduced predators, non-native birds, stochastic events, introduced diseases spread by mosquitoes, and global climate change.
I’ve been to the Alakai before in search of Kauai’s endemic forest birds, but definitely not to remote areas like this. Akikiki and Puaiohi are the birds I’m hoping to get better looks at while assisting KFBRP and learning more about Kauai’s endemic birds and plants.