Females Lead Population Collapse of the Endangered Hawaii Creeper

Only 22 to 28 percent of the remaining adult population of the endangered Hawai‘i creeper (Oreomystis mana) found in the southern portion of the Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge is female, raising concerns about the birds’ ability to continue to propagate the species, according to new research published by University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa scientists Leonard Freed and Rebecca Cann.

Hawaiian Creeper

Hawaiian Creeper

“Nesting is an energetically expensive activity, and females can incur more risks under increasingly challenging conditions,” said Biology Professor Freed.

Both male and female Hawai‘i creepers are olive green and have a short, straight gray bill and black mask.  The birds are endemic to the Island of Hawai‘i.  Creeping up and down koa and ‘ōhi‘a tree trunks and along the underside of larger branches, they feed on insects living under loose bark.

From 2001 to 2007, Hawai‘i creeper population declined by 63 percent throughout a 3,400-hectare open forest area at Hakalau Refuge on the windward slope of Mauna Kea, according to trend analyses by Freed and Cann.  The scientists observed the male-biased sex ratio along the elevation gradient in a formerly high density section of the forest, including a closed forest area study site that is considered more pristine, and found that it was associated with the population decline in the refuge’s open forest areas.  Hakalau formerly had the best population of creepers on the island…

More Here: Hawaiian Creeper

Statement From Asiana Airlines on Today’s Crash at the San Francisco Airport

The following information has been confirmed.

Asiana Airlines Flight OZ

Asiana Airlines Flight OZ214

Asiana Airlines flight OZ214 (Aircraft Registration HL7742) departed Incheon International Airport on July 6, 2013 at 16:35 (Korea time) bound for San Francisco. Only July 6, 2013 at 11:28 (Local time) an accident occurred as OZ214 was making a landing on San Francisco International Airport’s runway 28.

There were a total of 291 passengers (19 business class, 272 travel class) and 16 cabin crew aboard.  The majority of the passengers were comprised of 77 Korean citizens, 141 Chinese citizens, 61 US citizens, 1 Japanese citizen, etc. for a total of 291 people. 

Asiana Airlines is currently investigating the specific cause of the incident as well as any injuries that may have been sustained to passengers as a result. Asiana Airlines will continue to cooperate fully with the investigation of all associated government agencies and to facilitate this cooperation has established an emergency response center at its headquarters.

At this point no additional information has been confirmed. New developments will be announced as more information becomes available.

 

Hawaii’s Open Data Bill Signing

Senator Glenn Wakai provided these comments about HB632 and the political process to take it from an idea to law.

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Click on picture to read more about the new law:

HB632

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Male Body Found on Shoreline in North Kohala

The Hawaii Police Department is currently investigating a male body found on the shoreline rocks in the area of “Hapu’u” near Kapanai’a in North Kohala on the Big Island.

Hapuu

Situation Found at Scene:

Shoreline fisherman reported seeing a body on the shoreline rocks in the area of “Hapu” near Kapanai’a in North Kohala. Access to area is only via four wheel drive vehicles. On arrival of Hawaii Fire Department North Kohala units, they confirmed finding a lifeless male body approx 30-40 years 80′ down cliff on rocky shoreline.

Cause:

Undetermined. Under investigation by HPD.

Remarks:

Waited for HPD detectives to investigate incident. Victim found on shoreline rocks approx. 80 feet below a cliff where a unattended vehicle was found.. Due to terrain, rescue personnel stationed in Kailua-Kona also responded to assist in recovery of victim. Victim was then brought to North Kohala Hospital by HPD . At this time, cause of death unknown and is being investigated by Hawaii Police Department.