The 5th Annual Hawaii Island Festival of Birds takes flight October 15-19, 2020. HIFB’s 2020 theme, “Wanderers and Migrants—Celebrating Hawaii's Avian Voyagers,” will focus on the remarkable number of migratory and accidental avian visitors that arrive in read more >>
Before we proceed any further, let’s play a little game. Let’s pretend we don’t know where we are. We scan around for clues and we see: Rush hour traffic—check. Pedestrians—check. Palm trees—check. Tall buildings—check. So far, so good. We’re plausibly in any one of those five densely populated cities. Now take a look directly overhead:
See the 2016 North American Ornithological Congress through the eyes of a young birder.
To birds, Hawaii is a troubled paradise. The islands used to teem with exotic and endemic species, but since the arrival of humans these native birds have been decimated. At low elevations, the combination of habitat degradation, invasive species, and malaria has eliminated practically all of the native birds.