A federal report states that almost all of Hawaii’s birds may be in danger of extinction.
Wired PR News – A recently issued federal report states that Hawaii’s bird population may be at risk. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), many of the state’s birds are in danger of extinction with an estimated one third of all of the endangered birds in the country being found in Hawaii.
John Fitzpatrick, who directs the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is quoted in the AP report as stating of the matter, “That is the epicenter of extinctions and near-extinctions… Hawaii is (a) borderline ecological disaster.”
As noted by the AP, the report, released by the Interior Department, is titled “The State of the Birds United States of America 2009.” Major reasons listed in the report for the state’s native birds being at risk include disease and threats to their habitats. Pending legislation to provide restoration funding and aid for other projects will reportedly be a major step in recovering lost species if passed by Congress.