Wednesday Sep 12 7:45 pm
Duration: 1.5 hours
The evening will commence with the Club's AGM and will be followed by a talk on the State of Wildlife in Hawai'i presented by Dr Richard Willan.
Situated in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean, Hawai’i is the archipelago farthest from any large land mass in the world. The chain of spectacular volcanic islands that constitute Hawai’i were a hub of evolution. A green Galapagos. The islands’ original wildlife was utterly unique with every species having a tale of arrival and survival to tell. Nowadays, being part of a rich western country, the approach to conservation of this unique natural heritage should be unsurpassed in the world.
However, the footprint of humans has been heavy on the land. For example, 33 of the 64 endemic species of birds are now extinct.
In the waters around the Hawai’ian chain, about 20% of the marine animals are endemic. To quote Hans Bertsch and Scott Johnson (1981) “the animals are a disharmonic sampling of a portion of the Indo-Pacific fauna.”
In February this year, Richard visited the islands of Oahu and Maui as just one of 300,000 tourists that visit Hawai’i annually. He will convey his impressions of the present state of the wildlife.
In advance of Tropical Hurricane Lane in mid-August this year, U.S. President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency for Hawai’i and ordered federal authorities to help supplement state and local responses. So when will it be time to declare a state of emergency for the wildlife?
*This FREE event is open to members of the public. We hope to see you there.
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