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Manu Minute: The murmuring Nēnē

Few native species in Hawaiʻi are as recognizable as the Nēnē. It's the rarest goose in the world — and a rare conservation success story.

Once abundant in the islands, the Nēnē hit a critical tipping point in the 1950s when only about 30 birds remained in the wild.

But diligent efforts by state and federal agencies over the last 70 years have slowly brought Nēnē back from the brink. Now, their total population stands at about 2,000 individuals.

However, Nēnē are still vulnerable, particularly during their breeding season from October to May. Officials issued a warning to motorists last month after three Nēnē were struck and killed by cars in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park.

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Patrick Hart interests in the ecology and conservation of Hawaiian forests and forest birds stem from years of living in a primitive field camp as a graduate student in the 1990’s at Hakalau Forest National wildlife refuge.
Ann Tanimoto-Johnson is the Lab Manager & Research Technician in the Hart Lab/Listening Observatory for Hawaiian Ecosystems (LOHE) Bioacoustics Lab. She researches the ecology, bioacoustics, and conservation of our native Hawaiian forests, birds, and bats.
Savannah Harriman-Pote rejoined The Conversation in 2021 after interning for Hawaiʻi Public Radio in the summers of 2018 and 2019. She also produces HPR's podcast Manu Minute in collaboration with The University of Hawaii at Hilo. She was born and raised on the Big Island, and she collects public radio mugs.
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