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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 is the host of HPR's Manu Minute. He runs the Listening Observatory for Hawaiian Ecosystems (LOHE) Lab at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.
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 is a producer for The Conversation and Manu Minute. Contact her at talkback@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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