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Extinction of Hawaiian Forest Birds

Twenty-two endangered bird species have recently been declared extinct. Many were native to Hawaii, a region filled with biodiversity that has seen birds and other creatures go extinct at an alarming rate. In this audio story, a coordinator for a Hawaiian wildlife recovery project explains the conditions that contribute to species loss on the islands, and fondly recalls some of the birds that used to live there. Listen to learn more about bird extinctions in Hawaii and why, according to the coordinator, “the forests are getting silent.”


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Story Length: 5:32

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