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

This Remote Hawaiian Island Just Vanished

Using satellite imagery, federal scientists confirmed Monday that East Island, a critical habitat for endangered Hawaiian monk seals and green sea turtles, was almost entirely washed away earlier this month.
It’s unclear if East Island — an 11-acre spit of sand and gravel that hosted a U.S. Coast Guard radar station until 1952 — will ever return or how resilient the displaced animals will be. Continue Reading