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Hawai‘i To Receive Nearly $2 Million To Protect Native Forest Birds, Waterbirds, Seabirds, Bees

Funding Will Support Wildlife Programs On Hawai‘i Island, Kaua‘i, Maui, O‘ahu

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D- Hawai‘i) today announced that the Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources will receive $1,723,698 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect native forest birds, waterbirds, seabirds, and yellow-faced bees. The funding will support conservation projects on Hawaiʻi Island, Kauaʻi, Maui, and O‘ahu.

“Our native bird and bee populations are in danger due to shrinking habitats, disease-carrying mosquitoes, and expanding predator populations. This new federal funding will directly combat these dangers, helping to protect and save forest birds, waterbirds, seabirds, and yellow-faced bees and their habitats throughout Hawai‘i,” said Senator Schatz, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The federal funding comes through the Competitive State Wildlife Grant Program, designed to conserve species in approved State Wildlife Action Plans. The programs protect imperiled species and their habitat from further harm, and in some cases prevent them from going on the endangered species list. The total funding includes:

  • $587,337 to protect and monitor endangered seabirds and ecosystems on Hawaiʻi Island
  • $498,558 to combat the threat of avian malaria and protect Hawaiian forest birds on Kauaʻi and Maui
  • $249,477 to conserve the habitat and resources of yellow-faced bees on Maui
  • $219,258 to support enhanced mongoose control techniques that will protect Hawaiian waterbirds on O‘ahu
  • $169,068 to establish a protected breeding colony for the endangered ‘akeke‘e on Maui

The new money follows $14 million in federal funding the state received last month to combat avian malaria, a deadly disease transmitted by mosquitoes, and protect native birds, including the ʻakikiki and ‘akeke‘e on Kaua‘i and the kiwikiu and ‘ākohekohe on Maui.