On September 1, 2010, the Keauhou Bird Conservation Center was excited to welcome Congresswoman Mazie Hirono, Hawaii’s two-term representative to Congress. The congresswoman and her staff were on the Big Island to participate in the first-day-of-issue ceremony for the U.S. Postal Service’s Hawaiian Rain Forest stamp series.
Congresswoman Hirono and staff toured our breeding facility, including our aviaries holding the adult `alala, palila, Maui parrotbills, and puaiohi. Last stop on the tour was our large `alala flight aviary, housing ten rambunctious `alala chicks that recently hatched during the summer of 2010. The visitors got an up-close look at the sometimes awkward antics of these entertaining youngsters as they develop their flying and social skills in this large aviary.
The staff of the KBCC would like to say a warm “mahalo” to Congresswoman Hirono and her staff for taking time out of their busy schedules to visit our facility and take an interest in our captive breeding programs for some of Hawaii’s most threatened birds.
Jeremy Hodges is the research coordinator at the Keauhou Bird Conservation Center, operated by the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. Read his previous post, Hatching Additions to ‘Alala Flock.
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