Rare Hawaiian Bird Captured After Year Long Effort
HONOLULU (AP) - One of the last three po`ouli birds known to exist has been captured and taken to a breeding center on Maui. Officials hope to capture a mate for the female bird and begin the reproduction process in hopes of saving the species.
Six members of the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project team captured the bird Thursday afternoon in the Hanawi Natural Area Reserve on Maui.
It was taken to the Maui Bird Conservation Center at Olinda.
State Land and Natural Resources chairman Peter Young says saving the species from extinction is a "monumental challenge."
The recovery team has been trying to capture a po`ouli since February 2003.
The decision to bring the last three birds into a captive breeding program was made in 2003 after repeated efforts to bring them together in the wild failed.
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