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A tv particular that includes an endangered native hen discovered solely on Maui will debut on KHON2 this night, the state Division of Land and Pure Sources introduced.

Shot totally on Maui, “Saving Kiwikiu — Maui parrotbill on the brink,” tells the story of the small yellow honeycreepers that reside solely in high-elevation forests on windward Haleakala. The hen’s estimated inhabitants has dwindled to fewer than 150 people, placing them at a excessive danger of going extinct inside a number of years.

The documentary will air at 9:30 p.m. as we speak on KHON2, with a replay on Channel 2 sister station KHII at 8 p.m. Sunday.

“We’re excited to assist inform the story of this at-risk native hen and of the folks concerned in making an attempt to reserve it,” mentioned Kristina Lockwood, normal supervisor of KHON/KHII. “It’s a outstanding story, and sadly one that’s indicative of the large threats many native species in Hawaii are dealing with now and into the long run.”

The Maui Forest Chook Restoration Undertaking and specialists from the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, American Chook Conservancy and different supporters have spent greater than a decade creating and executing plans to avoid wasting the kiwikiu from the destiny skilled by tons of of different native Hawaiian animals, crops and bugs, DLNR mentioned in a information launch Monday.

“As soon as we lose them, they’re gone ceaselessly,” mentioned Hanna Mounce of the Maui Forest Chook Restoration Undertaking.

A significant challenge within the fall of 2019 aimed to maneuver a dozen or so birds from Hanawi, on the windward aspect of Haleakala, to the Nakula Pure Space reserve on the leeward aspect in hopes of making a brand new kiwikiu inhabitants within the restored Nakula forest.

Habitat enhancements to make the realm appropriate and enticing for kiwikiu included the planting of greater than 260,000 native crops and bushes, the removing of nonnative predators and fencing to maintain habitat-destroying goats and pigs out, DLNR mentioned.

Two groups, one at Hanawi to seize birds for translocation to Nakula, and one other to launch and monitor the birds, fastidiously coordinated their efforts over a number of weeks.

Nevertheless, this system was halted after 9 of the relocated birds died of avian malaria.

Conservation officers have since introduced plans to move 30 kiwikiu to Mainland zoos to maintain them alive whereas a protected launch web site is sought.

The “Saving Kiwikiu” documentary will spotlight the experiences of individuals working to guard the birds.

“Along with seeing, firsthand, by way of the experiences of all of the devoted and passionate professionals engaged on the kiwikiu challenge, viewers will see distant areas of Hawaii that few of us get to go to,” mentioned DLNR Chairwoman Suzanne Case, who previewed the TV particular. “This manufacturing actually drives house not solely the fantastic thing about our landscapes, our native birds and crops, however how essential it’s that we do every part in our energy to guard all these distinctive and particular creatures and their ecosystems.”

The TV broadcasts are made doable by the American Chook Conservancy and the Nationwide Fish and Wildlife Basis, in keeping with the information launch.

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