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The traditional Hawaiian land concept of ahupua‘a (from the mountain to the sea) forms the basis for biocultural conservation approaches today. Limahuli Garden and Preserve on Kauai is a living example of this where conservation programs extend from the community-managed subsistence near-shore fishery to the top of the cloud forest where fenced areas and predator-control programs protect endangered sea birds during nesting season. Photo courtesy of National Tropical Botanical Garden

The Olympics of the Conservation World: Coming to Hawai‘i

1/22/2016 // By Guest Author

Do not let anyone tell you that dreams do not come true – this is a story about a dream that came true and that can change the future for wildlife and the world. It began in 2008 when thousands …

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Planet at the Crossroads

9/1/2015 // By Guest Author

Editor’s Note: The IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 will be the first major international conservation event held in the United States in decades, and the decisions made there will have impacts that last for generations. National Wildlife Federation, as a …

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It Takes a Nation to Save the Hawaiian Monk Seal

2/13/2015 // By Guest Author

In 2012, the Conservation Council for Hawai‘i (CCH) was focusing on the endangered palila bird on Mauna Kea, imperiled shearwaters and petrels on Kaua‘i, and invasive miconia plants on O‘ahu – not the Hawaiian monk seal. We thought the seal …

Hawaiian monk seal in its native habitat. Vanderlip.

Conservation Council for Hawai‘i Named NWF Affiliate of the Year

4/19/2013 // By Les Welsh

At its annual meeting in March, National Wildlife Federation honored Conservation Council for Hawai‘i (CCH) as its Affiliate of the Year. At the forefront of major campaigns to help recover imperiled Hawaiian plants and animals on the brink of extinction …

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Building a National Constituency for America’s Most Endangered Marine Mammal

9/4/2012 // By Les Welsh

Considered the most endangered marine mammal found only in U.S. waters and one of the rarest marine mammals in the world, the Hawaiian monk seal needs citizens from across the nation speaking up on its behalf if it is going …

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Another Hawaiian Monk Seal is Found Dead on Kaua‘i

4/27/2012 // By Les Welsh

The illegal, intentional killing of endangered Hawaiian monk seals unfortunately continues with yet another found dead on a northeastern beach on Kaua‘i. Known to researchers as RA16 and nicknamed “Noho,” the seal was born and raised in the waters around …

Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal & Pup (Photo: US Fish & Wildlife Service)

A New Danger for the Hawaiian Monk Seal

12/7/2011 // By Bryn Fluharty

After Rachel Carson wrote Silent Spring in 1962, people rallied against the use of DDT as an insecticide because of the threat it posed to Bald Eagles and other birds. Just like the United States would not be the same …

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