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Newly published is the article Evaluating the long-term management of introduced ungulates to protect the palila, an endangered bird, and its critical habitat in subalpine forest of Mauna Kea, Hawai‘i. It focuses heavily on the sheep eradication program (through 2011), vegetation response, and palila status and trends. The paper appears in a special issue of Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine ...
Read More Management of Ungulates on Mauna Kea report

The U.S. Geological Survey today announced the availability of a report, “Palila Restoration Research, 1996−2012,” which summarizes long-term studies on the conservation biology of the palila (Loxioides bailleui), a critically endangered Hawaiian forest bird found only on the upper slopes of Mauna Kea Volcano. With the publication of this report, the palila becomes the most thoroughly documented Hawaiian bird ...
Read More Palila Restoration Research, 1996−2012

  We are pleased to announce that Changes in Mauna Kea dry forest structure 2000−2014 is available now online as a HCSU technical report. Our results showed measurable damage to mamane trees by ungulates and few indications of vegetation recovery overall, despite intensified ungulate removal efforts and a break in drought conditions during the past few years. ...
Read More Changes in Mauna Kea dry forest structure 2000−2014

Local ABC affiliate KITV recently showcased the palila breeding successes at the Maui Bird Conservation Center.  This is the first time palila are being raised at the Maui facility, a sister breeding facility to the Keauhou Bird Conservation Center on Hawai‘i Island.  

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Read More Volunteer Seed Collecting Day – Aug. 9th Volunteer with Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Project this summer!  We have a special day lined up where we’ll be collecting aweoweo seeds for future plantings and then we’ll go for a hike in the forest to hopefully see a palila or two. Where:  Ka‘ohe Restoration Area, Mauna Kea When:  Saturday, August 9, 9am – 3:30 ...
Read More Volunteer Seed Collecting Day – Aug. 9th

Celebrate the birth of our nation in historic Volcano Village at their annual 4th of July Parade and Craft Fair!  The Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Project will be there with giant palila puppets and FREE stickers and coloring books will be given away too! Parade starts at 9am and runs from the Post Office to Cooper ...
Read More Palila to fly in Volcano Village 4th of July Parade

Hilo’s newest artistic treasure, a mural showcasing the palila, will be showcased in a mini-parade featuring the larger-than-life, gigantic palila this First Friday, April 4. Local artist, Kathleen Kam, teamed up with the Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Project to create the 9 by 12-foot mural. The painting is on the Hilo Loan Shop building in downtown ...
Read More Palila Mural in Downtown Hilo Featured in First Friday Event

The Hawaii Tribune Herald published an article about the Palila Mural that’s coming to life in Downtown Hilo.  This 9 x 12-ft. mural is being painted by local artist Kathleen Kam in partnership with the Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Project, American Bird Conservancy, Representative Richard Onishi, Hilo Loan Shop, Inc., KTA Superstores, Jack Jeffrey Photography, Sherwin-Williams, and HPM ...
Read More Palila Mural featured in Hawaii Tribune Herald

Join MKFRP as we thaw out of winter and start our planting season on Mauna Kea. We’ll be planting māmane, ‘a‘ali‘i, ‘āweoweo and other species at the Ka‘ohe Restoration Area. We’ll be working at about 6,500 feet on the southwestern slope of Mauna Kea and we’ll keep a look out for a palila or two! ...
Read More Volunteer Day trips and Palila viewing

Palila were a topic on the nationally syndicated radio program, Science Update.   This 60-second piece focused on the bird’s reliance on māmane and the work the Keauhou Bird Conservation Center is doing to raise palila in captivity for future releases into their newly protected forest home.