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Patrick Hart

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.
He runs the Listening Observatory for Hawaiian Ecosystems (LOHE) Lab at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

  • A conservation team has been working to fight predation with traps and fencing around the ʻuaʻu's roughly 80-acre habitat on Lānaʻi. That effort is paying off, reports The Conversation's Savannah Harriman-Pote.
  • On this Manu Minute, we are dishing up a bird that is often seen but not heard. The ‘iwa, or great frigatebird, flies high above our heads, performing acrobatic feats midair. We’ve got the song of this storied seabird today, thanks to Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
  • Here’s a bird everyone will likely be familiar with — it’s the myna! Myna birds are everywhere. (Really, we wish we were kidding.) They’ve been declared one of the world’s worst invasive species. We’ve got their song for you today, thanks to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
  • 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.
  • It’s the season to see kioea! These long-billed shorebirds spend their winters here. They’re not too common on the main Hawaiian islands, so we have their call for you from the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in today's Manu Minute.
  • The puaiohi isn't the most eye-catching songbird on the Garden Isle, but it does an important job.
  • Today, we've got one game bird a long way from home: the Erckel's francolin. Native to Eritrea, Sudan, and Ethiopia, Hawaiʻi is one of only a handful of places you can find an Erckel's francolin outside of Africa.
  • With barely more than a hundred remaining individuals in the wild, the endemic kiwikiu one of the rarest and most endangered birds in the world. We have their song for you on today's Manu Minute.
  • We're back to seabirds today! And we've got quite the looker. The koa'e kea is one of the most distinctive birds you can spot in the main Hawaiian islands. Its English name, white-tailed tropicbird, references one of its most notable features — its two long, streaming tail feathers. And you can hear their calls on today's Manu Minute, thanks to the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
  • Calling all backyard farmers! We're looking at humankind's first alarm clock: the moa, or red junglefowl. Common chickens were likely domesticated from red junglefowl in Asia over 8,000 years ago. We've got both here in Hawaiʻi! Listen to the difference in their crows, thanks to Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, on today's Manu Minute.