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Nene geese moved from Kaua‘i airport area to safety on Maui and Hawai‘i Island

May 10, 2012
The Maui Weekly

The Maui News - State officials on Kaua'i, Maui and Hawai'i Island are working together to relocate several hundred nene geese from the area of Kaua'i's Lihu'e Airport to protected reserves on other islands. So far, 32 of the native Hawaiian geese are living on Maui in a secluded and predator-proof facility on Haleakala Ranch being managed by the state division of Forestry and Wildlife. About 300 nene have also been relocated to the Hilo watershed area on Hawai'i Island. There is a five-year relocation plan in place, with a budget of $6.5 million.

The birds are quarantined for six days before shipment, to ensure they are free of avian malaria.

Nene, the Hawaiian state bird, is an endangered native species. A healthy population of around 1,500 birds will remain on Kauai, in areas more distant from the airport.

The next shipment of nene bound for Maui is expected to happen in August.



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