Almost a third of the newly extinct species in the United States are native to Hawaii

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Almost a third of the 23 most United States Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to be removed from the list of endangered species due to extinction Wednesday were native to Hawaii.

“Of all the species listed as endangered or threatened in the United States, nearly a third are Hawaiian,” said Maxx Phillips, Hawaiian director and attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity, Maxx Phillips. A press release. “While the Endangered Species Act has succeeded in preventing the extinction of 99% of listed species, without emergency, adequate funding and critical habitat protected, these nine species could be the canaries of coal mines for our biodiversity. in Hawai’i. There is no rebound after extinction.


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Among the newly extinct species in Hawaii were eight birds and one plant: three lianas called the the Kaua’i ‘akialoa, the Po’ouli and the Kaua’i nukupu’u; two songbirds known as Kaua’i ‘ō’ō and Maui ākepa; a thrush called the Kāma’o; Maui nukupu’u; the Kākāwahie; and a flowering plant in the mint family known as Phyllostegia glabra.

According to a 2016 study, species awaiting safeguards and protective status under the The US Fish and Wildlife Service waited an average of 12 years to do so, during which time at least 47 species became extinct.

“It’s heartbreaking that Hawai’i is known as the ‘extinction capital of the world’,” said Phillips. “Despite making up 30% of the species listed in the country, our incredibly rare Hawaiian plants and animals receive less than 10% of the money spent on salvage.”


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