Haleakala was the scene of an unfortunate nene death on Thursday, Dec. 22. The state bird lives in the park and is endangered. Drivers are being asked to proceed through the park with extreme caution. The birds are known for being slow to move from the path of moving vehicles. Unfortunately, the animal killed was part of a breeding pair. Signs are placed strategically around the park where nene are sighted. Visitors are also asked to refrain from feeding the birds, which encourages them to approach vehicles and risk injury or death. Motorists should heed the posted speed limits and drive with extra caution during times of bad weather that could impede driving reaction times. In addition to motor vehicles, this endangered bird faces threats from feral pigs, goats and cats, invasive plants and predation by mongooses.
The Friends of Haleakala Park currently have an adopt-a-nene program that helps combat these dangers. For more information visit fhnp.org/nene.html.
The Friends of Haleakala Park currently have an adoption program that helps combat dangers that may impact nene.