Hawai'ian Nēnē Goose (Maui)



[Hawaiian Nene Goose]

Here is the rare and endangered/protected Nēnē, or Hawai'ian Goose, the state bird of Hawai'i. It is forbidden to feed or harm these native birds. You can see here how they are banded and tracked, in the hopes of a population comeback. They have evolved clawed feet to help with the volcanic lava surfaces, and they thrive on berries. The biggest risk to Nene are humans and cars. This was near the Mt. Haleakala volcano, but Nene are abundant also on the Big Island within Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.

BIG ISLAND: Refuge Kilauea Volcano | OAHU: Waikiki Sunset Mokolii | KAUA'I | MAUI: | Moloka'i

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