This spectacular new species was discovered in March 1991 on a vertical cliff in Kalalau Valley, Kaua‘i by NTBG botanist Ken Wood.  Listed by IUCN as one of the top 100 threatened species in the world it is now considered extinct due to the impact of feral goats emphasizing how critical conservation programs are in Hawai‘i. The survival of Hawai‘i’s native birds and wildlife is inseparable from the survival of the plants upon which they depend on.  Photo courtesy of National Tropical Botanical Garden.

Help Define a Sustainable Future for All

This is happening on our watch: so what are we doing about it? A whole lot, but not enough and not nearly fast enough. Our window of opportunity is closing, …

Pōanuenue (moon rainbow) in Kōhala. Photo by Ethan Tweedie, BIVB

Highlighting Indigenous Kinship with Nature

The upcoming International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s World Conservation Congress (#IUCNCongress) in September is our opportunity to share with other global citizens our amazing islands. WCC, long …

Manu O Kū in flight. Photo by Eric VanderWerf

Manu O Kū: Celebrating Wildlife in Honolulu’s Urban Center

This month the National Wildlife Federation has joined with our Hawai‘i state affiliate, Conservation Council for Hawai‘i and several of our key conservation partners, to sponsor the inaugural Manu O …

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

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 …

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Planet at the Crossroads

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Fishing with Aloha

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It Takes a Nation to Save the Hawaiian Monk Seal

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Newly Expanded Reserve Provides a Haven for Marine Wildlife

In a significant step forward for marine wildlife and our planet’s ocean ecosystems, President Obama last week authorized the expansion of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. The President’s …

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Treasure Trove of Pacific Wildlife Need Your Support for Expanded Marine National Monument

It isn’t often that you get to mention four previous Presidents—Calvin Coolidge, Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush—in the same breath as our current President, Barack Obama.  But …

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

Conservation Can’t Wait: What President Obama Can Do Right Now

The Associated Press reports President Obama will broaden a theme from last year’s speech in tonight’s State of the Union address: If Congress won’t act, President Obama will. That’s good …

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