Six at-risk species up for review
It's my impression that many North American birders remain unaware of the endemic birds in the Hawaiian Islands, which host more endangered species than any other state. Hawaii has 317 species within its boundaries -- 44 animals (of which 32 are birds) and 273 plants -- while California has the next highest tally at 308, 129 animals (of which 17 are birds) and 179 plants.
The six Pacific birds currently under review include: Maui Akepa, Oahu Creeper, Laysan Finch, Guam Micronesian Kingfisher, Nukupu'u (noo-koo-poo-oo) and Po'ouli (poh-oh-oo-lee).
To learn more about the Aloha State's endemic birds, visit Hawaii Audubon Society. To learn about species protected by the Endangered Species Act, visit the service's site.
Laysan Finch courtesy of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service