Lyman to host bird program


Hawaii’s unique avian species, the threats facing them and their ongoing conservation will be the focus of a special program at the Lyman Museum 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13.

Rosanna Leighton, research coordinator for the Keauhou Bird Conservation Center (KBCC) in Volcano, and a team of Hawaii Endangered Bird Conservation Program (HEBCP) staffers work 365 days each year cleaning and planting aviary environments, managing breeding activities and providing dietary support and veterinary care for endangered birds.

The HEBCP is a partnership of the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the State of Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife, in collaboration with other government agencies, Kamehameha Schools and private landowners.

Its mission is to aid the recovery and prevent the extinction of Hawaii’s most threatened native birds, such as the alala (Hawaiian crow) and puaiohi (small Kauai thrush).

The doors at the Lyman Museum open at 6:30 p.m. for evening public programs. Cost is $3, but free to museum members.

Additional parking is available at Hilo Union School.

For more information, visit www.lymanmuseum.org.

 

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