Birdorable Hawaiian Goose

Bonanza Bird #2: Hawaiian Goose

July 11th, 2012 in Birdorable Bonanza 2012, Geese 6 comments

For 22 days we’re adding a new Birdorable bird every day as part of our Birdorable Bonanza 2012. We’re counting up to our 400th species! Today we introduce the Birdorable Hawaiian Goose!

Cute Birdorable Nene

The Hawaiian Goose is the official state bird of Hawaii, where it is called the Nene (or Nēnē). The endemic species is threatened due to over-hunting and predation by non-native species like mongooses and domestic cats. Captive breeding programs are working to reintroduce the species to the islands, and there is hope for the survival of the species.

Birdorable Nene Crossing sign on Hawaii

People can help Hawaiian Geese by watching out for them when traveling through their territory, and by not feeding them. Geese that become habituated or even dependent on people for food are drawn into traffic or other man-made dangers.

Kilauea day trip--Nene Pair
Nene Pair by Makuahine Pa'i Ki'i
Birdorable Hawaiian Goose sample products

Tomorrow's bird is the national bird of Saint Lucia, an island in the Caribbean. Can you guess what it will be?

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