Nene population nears 3,000 statewide

  • Nene cavort on the wall at Jaggar Museum in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

    NPS photo by MICHAEL SZOENYI/File

Conservationists say a new proposal to reclassify the nene from endangered to threatened shows that “great strides” have been made in recovering the species, whose population dropped to 30 animals in 1960.