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Female nene killed by car on Haleakala

File image (Courtesy: Haleakala National Park on Facebook) File image (Courtesy: Haleakala National Park on Facebook)
MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

On December 26th at 7:15 a.m. a female nene was killed by a car on the downhill side of the park road near Headquarters Visitor Center.

The bird had a brood patch (featherless area on its underside used to transfer heat to eggs) indicating that it was nesting.

Nene mate for life and share incubation duties. "The eggs now have a much lower chance of survival," said park chief of interpretation Polly Angelakis. "The loss of one nene affects generations. Driving slowly and cautiously is the easiest, most significant action we can all take to protect this endangered species."

This is the first nene killed in the 2014-2015 nesting season.

During the two previous nesting seasons four and six nene, respectively, were killed by cars on park road.



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