Return to the wild; Get an update on efforts to restore ‘alala to Hawaiian forests

  • Courtesy of SAN DIEGO ZOO GLOBAL An ‘alala, or Hawaiian crow.

Through intensive conservation efforts, 21 ‘alala — the endemic and endangered Hawaiian crow once considered extinct in the wild — were reintroduced into native Hawaiian forests.

The efforts to restore ‘alala are ongoing, and plans are well underway for the next reintroduction.

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Rachel Kingsley, education and outreach associate for The ‘Alala Project, will provides information about this unique species, an update on the birds that were recently reintroduced and plans for future efforts to restore these beloved birds to their natural, wild home during two presentations next week at the Lyman Museum.

Learn more about this remarkable, highly intelligent crows on either of two occasions: 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, April 15, or 3-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16.

The presentations are part of the museum’s Patricia E. Saigo Public Program Series.

Cost to attend is $3, or free to museum members. On Monday evenings only, additional parking is available at Hilo Union School via the Kapiolani Street entrance.

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For more information, call the museum at 935-5021 or visit www.lymanmuseum.org.

The Lyman Museum is located at 276 Haili St. in downtown Hilo.

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