At the Lyman Museum on Monday, March 11, at 7 p.m., Rosanna Leighton, research coordinator for the Keauhou Bird Conservation Center in Volcano, will talk about Hawaii’s unique avian species, the threats facing them and their ongoing conservation.
Leighton 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 (USFWS), and the state Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW), 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 museum is at 276 Haili St. in Hilo. Admission is $3; visit www.lymanmuseum.org.