Honeycreepers are a unique bird to Haleakala. Sadly some of these birds are on the brink of extinction.
There once were 50 kinds of this species and today only 17 remain. Some of these species have only 500 individual birds remaining. Avian bird flu form increased climate temperatures is the major cause of loss.
Biologists are working to save these birds.
“Avian malaria is what is causing most harm. The red bird in my reel is an ʻiʻiwi. One bite from an infected mosquito is enough to kill one.
Our parks help to protect wildlife in such that they protect and provide the habitat to for them to thrive, but sadly this is not always enough.