Hawaiian Goose or Nene (Nay-Nay

Hawaiian Goose or Nene (Nay-Nay (HM1D0G)

Location: Kula, HI 96790 Maui County
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Country: United States of America
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N 20° 45.57', W 156° 14.778'

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Haleakala National Park

The Nene is a native Hawaiian Goose that lives in the wild on the islands of Hawaii and Maui. This rare State bird is believed to have descended from the Canada Goose, and isolated on these islands for thousands of years, it has evolved into a distinct species. The reduced webbing of the foot and the ruffle-feathered neck are characteristic of this bird. Living in patches of meadow bounded by lava, the Nene thrives on a diet of berries and grasses.

By the mid 1940's, when Hawaii's wild Nene population was less than 50 birds, an international effort, centered in England was initiated to save the species from extinction. As of 1975, over 1400 birds have been released on Maui and Hawaii; of these, 391 were set free in Haleakala National Park. Additional young are now reared in these two holding pens; a critical factor in this project is to "imprint" them to this elevation and climate.

Through the dedication of many concerned individuals, the Nene has been temporarily saved. Hopefully, in a world enriched by its wildlife, this unique Hawaiian bird will continue to survive.
HM NumberHM1D0G
Placed ByNational Park Service-United States Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 3:38pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)4Q E 786727 N 2297974
Decimal Degrees20.75950000, -156.24630000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 20° 45.57', W 156° 14.778'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds20° 45' 34.20" N, 156° 14' 46.68" W
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Area Code(s)808
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 30185-30199 State Hwy 378, Kula HI 96790, US
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