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Hawaii Wildlife Conservation Stamp 2022

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Hawaii Wildlife Conservation Stamp 2022

The Wildlife Conservation Stamp gives Hawai‘i residents the opportunity to celebrate native Hawaiian birds while raising funds for conservation not only through hunting licenses, but also as community members interested in conservation, and stamp collecting enthusiasts nationwide. This year marks the first year the state of Hawai‘i is offering two separate conservation stamps. The Wildlife Conservation Stamp is required on state hunting licenses and the Game Bird Stamp is required to hunt game birds specifically. Both stamps raise funds for programs that protect the native ecosystems where native birds like the ‘i‘iwi live. It has been a wonderful opportunity for me to have my artwork featured...

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What’s going on with Hawai‘i’s birds? Volunteers | Part 4/4

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What’s going on with Hawai‘i’s birds? Volunteers | Part 4/4

The level of volunteerism in Hawai‘i is inspirational. I love that I get to share about the habitat restoration and volunteer groups here in Hawai‘i because they are amazing. There are different groups across the islands that get together, usually organizing on social media, to remove invasive plants and replace them with native ones. There are lots of reasons why maintaining a forest’s natural state is important, this isn’t all about the birds, but it certainly helps the birds. And there are organizations that work directly with native birds that offer volunteer opportunities. Pacific Rim Conservation offers volunteer opportunities to help...

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What’s going on with Hawai‘i’s birds? Fencing | Part 3/4

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What’s going on with Hawai‘i’s birds?    Fencing | Part 3/4

Some other good things going on here across the islands that are helping native birds are the habitat restoration programs and predator-proof fencing projects. These fences help keep native bird habitat free from invasive predators—the ones introduced by humans—like the house cat and the mongoose. These fencing projects protect both forest habitat and sea bird nesting sites. Sea birds are vulnerable because most species nest on the ground. They are so vulnerable in fact, that one loose house cat can destroy an entire colony of birds in one night. Sadly, this has happened repeatedly at the loss of entire families,...

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What’s going on with Hawai‘i’s birds? Mosquitoes | Part 2/4

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What’s going on with Hawai‘i’s birds? Mosquitoes | Part 2/4

When I first got to Hawai‘i I was excited to go to the zoo and see some ‘i‘iwi’s with my own two eyeballs. But I hadn’t really grasped just how precarious the situation is for native birds. You won’t find these honeycreepers in the zoo and you won’t find any at low elevations. The birds that have survived are the birds that stay high up on the mountains, where the mosquitos don’t go. One bite from a mosquito can kill a native honeycreeper. And most Hawaiian forest birds don’t do well in captivity, some won’t even breed. So that’s a...

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What’s going on with Hawai‘i’s birds? Forest Gems | Part 1/4

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What’s going on with Hawai‘i’s birds?  Forest Gems | Part 1/4

Hawai‘i’s forest birds are unique and beautiful and adorably round. Probably the most iconic native bird, the ‘i‘iwi, is a bright red and black bird with a beak and legs a little longer than maybe looks quite right. It’s a wonderfully weird bird. It hangs upside down and does all sorts of stretches and contortions to get to the nectar inside flowers. Its beak is shaped just perfectly to slip down the blossoms of the native lobelias and it has this tiny little tongue for slurping nectar. Their song sounds like a squeaky door and I love them so much. But...

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