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Hawaii officials turn to Puerto Rico for bird recovery advice

Alala (Image: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons) Alala (Image: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons)

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii officials are turning to Puerto Rico wildlife experts for advice on how to save the Hawaiian crow, the alala.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday Hawaiian wildlife officials have invited a Puerto Rican biologist who took part in the country's effort to save its endangered parrot to come observe their own bird recovery project.

The Alala project hopes it will find a safe way to reintroduce the endangered alala back into the wild after breeding them in captivity. Wildlife officials' last attempt ended with three of five alalas dead within the first week of their release.

Alala Project Coordinator Jackie Gaudioso-Levita says they hope to conduct a second release in the Puu Makaala Natural Area Reserve near Hilo by late summer or early fall.

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