Since humans arrived, 95 of 142 bird species found nowhere else have become extinct on Hawaii. Thirty-three of Hawaii’s remaining 44 endemic birds are listed under the Endangered Species Act; ten of those have not been seen for decades and are likely extinct.
AKIKIKI A BIRD IN NEED
ABC’s Hawaii Programhas made the conservation of the ‘Akikiki and other forest birds one of itstop priorities.
Troubled Times on the Hawaiian Islands:
Mosquito-borne diseases such as avian malaria and avian pox have decimated‘Akikiki populations. The problem may worsen, asclimate changecould continue to raise the elevation wheremosquitoes can live, furthershrinking this bird’s habitat.
SCIENTIFIC NAME:Asio flammeus POPULATION: 600,000 (North America); 3 million (worldwide). TREND: Difficult to assess; locally common in some areas, endangered in others. HABITAT: Open spaces: grasslands, agricultural fields, marshes, tundra.
The Short-eared Owl’s Latin name, flammeus, means “fiery” and refers to its boldly streaked plumage, which provides excellent camouflage in the open grasslands this bird favors. It is widely distributed around the world, with ten recognized subspecies. One of these, the Pueo, is Hawai’i’s only native owl.
Flying over open terrain and often active during the early morning and evening, the Short-eared Owl can take on a markedly ghost-like appearance. Usually silent, the bird flies close to the ground with deep, slow wing beats that give it a buoyant quality.
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A new study of algal bloom activity in dozens of freshwater lakes around the world provides an answer: For the past 30 years, lakes nearly everywhere have been experiencing more frequent and severe toxic algal blooms—and a changing climate is one reason why.
Researchers at theCarnegie Institution for Scienceused satellite data collected over the past three decades to examine large freshwater lakes across six continents. They searched through more than 72 billion data points to identify statistically significant patterns in algal bloom intensity and found that the severity of algal blooms has increased in over two-thirds of the 71 large lakes studied across 33 countries.