(BIVN) – Studies by USGS biologist Paul Banko looking at the critically endangered palila bird on Mauna Kea were discussed at the Hawaii County Game Management Advisory Commission meeting held in Hilo on July 25.
Banko talked about the surveys conducted to count the finch-billed species of Hawaiian honeycreeper, as well as the different threats faced by the palila in its environment.
There is some tension between palila conservation attempts and the hunting community on Hawaii Island, due in part to the state policy – mandated by federal court – to eradicate wild ungulates by shooting from a helicopter.
Banko’s presentation was well received by the commissioners, who hope to find a way the ungulates can co-exist with the endangered palila.
Banko also talked about other endangered birds during the Hilo meeting, such as the ʻalalā and the nene. He also discussed the potential effect of Rapid Ohia Death on the native bird population.