For the first time in more than 50 years, the sound of the ʻuaʻu or Hawaiian petrel [Pterodroma sandwichensis] was heard on Maunakea, thanks to research funded by the University of Hawaiʻi Office of Maunakea Management and the hard work of the UH Hilo Listening Observatory for Hawaiian Ecosystems Bioacoustics Lab.
The ʻuaʻu forage at sea and fly inland after sunset to build underground nests in higher elevation areas throughout the Hawaiian Islands, including Kauaʻi, Haleakalā on Maui, Maunaloa on Hawaiʻi Island and Lānaʻihale on Lānaʻi. They are a state and federally listed endangered species and are highly susceptible to introduced predators such as cats and mongooses when they are nesting.
Original published: 2019-05-16 02:20:46 Read the full Hawaii News here
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