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Monday, October 22, 2007

Nene


We traveled to the other side of the island yesterday to visit Volcanoes National Park. Just amazing. But we were especially amazed by this one little bird the Nene. It lives in the lava fields near the volcanoes. It has feet that are adapted to climbing on the volcanic rocks, and even though there is little water, it survives this environment. It is the State Bird of Hawaii and is an endangered species. There are signs up everywhere to NOT feed these birds if you do see them, as this attracts them to the road where they are hit by cars. And signs to NOT pick the berries found in the lava fields, as this is essential food for the Nene. We looked and looked and finally spotted this very pretty bird and have a couple of pictures to share. Just an amazing animal that is coming back from the brink of extinction.





1 comment:

dharmamama said...

Thank you, thank you for sharing pictures from your trip. I don't *quite* feel like I'm there, but I do love sharing in your adventures.