Discussion in 'Wildlife & Nature Conservation' started by birdsandbats, 13 Nov 2017.
Hawaiian crows released into the wild – The Sixth Extinction
Update of the programm :
Endangered Hawaiian Crows Survive First Few Weeks in Native Hawai‘i Island Forests
Great news! I have always been fascinated by crows and how smart they are. Hope they survive the reintroduction and one again thrive in the forests of Hawaii.
Intresting article :
Update of the reintroduced birds :
4 Months After Zoo's Release, 11 Endangered ‘Alalā Thriving in Hawaii - Times of San Diego
Research to save the species :
Something to Crow About: The Rise of Conservation Genomics
First crows have started building a nest ! :
Critically endangered Hawaiian crows build first nest in the wild in decades
This month 7 more birds ( 5 males and 2 females ) have been released :
More Endangered ʻAlalā Released Into The Wild
Released birds will be brought into captivity again ... :
Released ‘alala to be returned to breeding program | Hawaii Tribune-Herald
Not a lot of detail here; seems as though all released birds are to be recaptured; anyone know anything more?
In the article it states there is a fear they will all be killed by Io, that's why they are being taken back into captivity.
It also mentions the birds have excellent predator avoidance skills and are being used to teach this to birds in the breeding program
I didn't see that, I only skimmed it. That's great to hear, I know Io largely feed on invasive species, so if they stop eating the crows they can move onto things that actually need to be killed.
New attemp to re-introduce the species ? :
How Scientists Are Pivoting In Their Quest To Save Hawaii's Crows
Looks like it, shifting focus to try and establish them without the Hawaiian Hawk interfering. Hopefully it works.
I'm not sure Maui is a very good option, considering that the species hasn't occurred there in recent times. Then again, there is no place within their native range where the Hawaiian Hawk wouldn't interfere...
It does say the introduction may be temporary, but I think trying it is worth a shot. Would help determine how big a problem the Hawaiian Hawk is. If the birds prove successful on Maui with few deaths, then it may well be safer for them there instead of dealing with the problems the hawk is causing.
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