Bug Love: Climate Change Is Making Hawaii’s Crickets Purr

Pacific field crickets are found on Oahu, Kauai, the Big Island and Molokai. Native to Australia, they are thought to have arrived in Hawaii around the same time the Polynesian voyagers made landfall. Scientists have discovered a rapid evolutionary change in the sound of the Pacific field cricket’s long-distance call and courtship song. They liken the new evolved sound to a cat’s purr; others compare it to the clink of a typewriter. Continue Reading

Remove ʻIo From Endangered Species List?

The US Fish and Wildlife Service is reopening the public comment period on the Aug. 6, 2008, proposed rule to remove the Hawaiian hawk, or ʻIo (Buteo solitarius), from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife under the Endangered Species Act. The Service is also making the draft post-delisting monitoring plan for the Hawaiian hawk available for public review and invites comments on that draft plan. The public comment period is now open and will close on Nov. 28. Continue Reading