The Hawaiian Islands were once home to the most spectacular variety of land snail species in the world, but today, this unique snail diversity is experiencing devastating levels of extinction.
From legends to lei, “Hawaii’s jewels of the forest” have been important components of local culture and lore, and instrumental in the development of scientific theories of evolution.
Everyone is invited from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, June 2, to come to the Lyman Museum to learn about the biology and history of land snails in Hawaii.
David Sischo of the state’s Snail Extinction Prevention Program will discuss the state’s current efforts to understand and save Hawaii’s most endangered snail species. Admission is $3, free to museum members.
The program is administered by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources. The museum will complement Sischo’s presentation with a historic display of specimens collected more than a century ago.