Hawaiian hawk to be removed from endangered list

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is removing the ’io, or Hawaiian hawk (Buteo solitarius), from the endangered species list. Biologists have found the hawk’s population has remained stable for the past 30 years. When first listed as endangered in 1967, prior to the Endangered Species Act, only a few hundred individuals were believed to occupy areas with undisturbed, native habitat. Today, about 3,000 individuals are believed to occupy a range of landscapes, including native and nonnative forests and agricultural lands, and a number of habitat restoration efforts are believed to be benefiting the species.

Read more here from the Hawaii Tribune Herald.

Header Image: The ’io, or Hawaiian hawk (Buteo solitarius), is being removed from the endangered species list.
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