HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
USGS Finds Palila Population Remaining Stable

A small population of the endangered Hawaiian bird, palila, is holding steady on the western slopes of Mauna Kea volcano. This encouraging news from the most recent palila census was announced today by Dr. William Steiner, director of the USGS Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center, a federal office responsible for conducting biological research in the national parks and national wildlife refuges and other lands in Hawaii and other Pacific islands. The Center is headquartered in Honolulu on the campus of the University of Hawaii.

The palila is a Hawaiian honeycreeper with a gray back, yellow breast, yellow head and finch-like beak. Fewer than 5,000 of these birds exist today. "Palila are still endangered," said Steiner, "but the good news is that the latest census shows their small population might be more stable now than it was previously."

USGS field data gathered in January 1998 indicated 4,811 of the birds survive on Mauna Kea, approximately the same number estimated in 1997 (4,395) and 1996 (4,171). Previous estimates of the palila population from 1980 until 1996 varied greatly from year to year. Since 1996, the numbers appear to have been more consistent.

Dr. Paul Banko, leader of the USGS palila restoration project, and his fellow researchers hesitate to read too much into the latest palila population data, however. "It is not clear whether improved census techniques or environmental conditions have resulted in the more stable trend noted recently," he explained.

Banko, whose research team has been studying palila on Mauna Kea since 1986, said that a continuing concern is that the palila population is becoming more concentrated on the western slope of the volcano -- about 96 percent of the total population is found in only about 10 square miles of forest there.

According to Banko, most palila live on the western slope instead of the northern slope because the forest there provides high-quality habitat. The west
'"/>

Contact: Dr. Paul Banko
paul_banko@usgs.gov
808-967-7396
United States Geological Survey
18-May-1999


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Very-Low-Fat Diet May Compromise Immune Function, Increase Infection Risk In Trained Runners, UB Study Finds
2. Breast Milk Of Women Who Eat Lake Ontario Fish Contains High Levels Of PCBs, UB Study Finds
3. UB Study Finds No Relationship Between Male Consumption Of Lake Ontario Fish And Conception Delay
4. Botanical Products Act Like Estrogen In Animals, Finds University Of Pittsburgh Team
5. Study Of Childrens Fillings Finds No Mercury Exposure
6. USGS Finds That Mysterious Arkansas Bald Eagle Disease Has Spread To Ducks In Eastern States
7. Study Finds Choline Deficiency Harms Memory Center In Mammals Brains
8. AIDS Virus May Evolve Differently In Cerebrospinal Fluid Compared With Blood In Some Patients, UCSF/Gladstone Research Finds
9. Nationwide Study Finds HIV-Positive Women Are At High Risk For Cervical Human Papillomavirus Infection
10. Study Finds Protein Clues To Early Embryo Development
11. Gold Finds Life, Energy, Controversy In Earth

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:7/4/2020)... , ... July 03, 2020 , ... ... to earn outstanding recognition and multiple awards for not only the products and ... portfolio, SoME® Skincare and Vivace® Microneedle RF. All the brands built by ABM ...
(Date:7/2/2020)... ... July 02, 2020 , ... ... (MBS) has announced a publication detailing the use of its revolutionary NEXTGENPCR ... chain reaction (RT-PCR) in 16 minutes. The article, titled "Ultra-fast one-step RT-PCR ...
(Date:7/1/2020)... , ... July 01, 2020 , ... ... awareness and solutions for glioblastoma—the most common and aggressive adult brain cancer—announced today ... JD, PhD. Senior Fellows are charged with supporting the organization’s initiatives and overall ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:7/31/2020)... ... July 30, 2020 , ... ... software for the life sciences industry, today announced the release of its ... specifically for Medical Science Liaisons (MSLs) and other field medical professionals. ...
(Date:7/18/2020)... ... July 17, 2020 , ... ... firm for the life sciences and food industries, is pleased to announce that ... Clinical Research – Business Development. , Charles is an accomplished and results-driven sales ...
(Date:7/7/2020)... DIEGO (PRWEB) , ... July 06, 2020 , ... R3 ... new program featuring up to 200 million stem cells. Depending on the patient's condition, ... seniors in the US will die having some form of Alzheimers dementia, and the ...
(Date:6/28/2020)... NIGUEL, Calif. (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2020 , ... ... announced the launch of Safe Space™ for businesses of all types to ensure cleanliness, ... 3D LiDAR. , A Safe Space™ enabled business will provide a health ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: