Sigh

Posted by jbc on December 12th, 2017 at 9:31 pm

Sigh

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‘I‘iwi Receives Protection under the Endangered Species Act

Posted by jbc on December 12th, 2017 at 8:41 pm

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Once one of the most common forest birds in the Hawaiian Islands, the ‘i‘iwi, also known as the scarlet honeycreeper, will now be protected as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

In the past, ‘i‘iwi could be found from the coastal lowlands where they foraged for food to the high mountain forests where they nested. Today, ninety percent of the ‘i‘iwi population is confined to a narrow band of forest on East Maui and the windward slopes of the island of Hawaii, between 4,265 and 6,234 feet (1,300 and 1,900 meters) in elevation. The birds are virtually gone from the islands of Lanai, Oahu, Molokai and west Maui, while the population on Kauai is in steep decline.

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(This map shows approximate ranges and should not be used for planning purposes.)

“In recent years, the ‘i‘iwi population has been in sharp decline, due to threats from habitat loss, invasive species and avian diseases, particularly avian malaria,” said Mary Abrams, project leader for the Service’s Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office. “These threats have affected all forest birds, not just the ‘i‘iwi. Conservation that benefits the ‘i‘iwi will undoubtedly benefit other Hawaiian forest birds.”

Avian malaria, carried by invasive mosquitos, is the primary driver in the decline in of the ‘i‘iwi population, and has already caused the decimation of dozens of other Hawaiian forest birds. The disease kills approximately ninety-five percent of infected ‘i‘iwi. Mosquitos, which are not native to the Hawaiian Islands, breed and thrive at lower and warmer elevations where they infect birds like the ‘i’iwi with avian malaria and pox.

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“‘I‘iwi have virtually disappeared from any habitat where mosquitoes are found,” said Abrams. “This has caused their range to shrink dramatically – they are almost entirely limited to higher elevation ‘ōhi‘a forests for their habitat, dietary, and nesting needs.

Higher and cooler elevation ‘ōhi‘a forests, where mosquitoes do not thrive, remain the only habitat for the ‘i‘iwi, but even those areas are under threat. As temperatures rise, mosquitoes, and the avian diseases they carry, are able to survive at higher elevations and spread upwards into the mountains, further constricting the ‘i‘iwi’s range.

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‘I’iwi in ohia lehua. Photo Credit: Raymond Lara/USFWS

‘I‘iwi are dependent for their survival on forests of native ‘ōhi‘a. On the island of Hawaii, home to 90 percent of the remaining ‘i‘iwi population, those ‘ōhi‘a forests have been under attack from rapid ‘ōhi‘a death, an invasive tree pathogen.

“Working with the state, our conservation partners and the public will be crucial as we work to recover the ‘i‘iwi, said Abrams. “The Service is committed to building on our record of collaborative conservation to protect Hawaii’s native species.”

The Service’s final listing rule will be published in the Federal Register on Sept 20, 2017, and will become effective on October 20, 2017. Next steps include development of a recovery plan, which will be bolstered by input from other federal and state agencies, other conservation partners and the public.

<<This article has been edited to correct the date on which the rule will become effective, which was incorrectly stated as September 20th.>>>

More information about the final listing.  

More photos of the ‘i’iwi. 

Official News Release

Read more stories about issues facing forest birds.

Hawaii’s Magnificent Forest Bir
ʻŌhiʻa lehua: The Foundation of Hawaii’s Forest Ecosystem
Mysterious Disease Threatens Critical Hawaiian Forests
What’s Killing Hawaii’s Forest Birds 

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Thank god.

Posted by jbc on December 12th, 2017 at 7:36 pm

Thank god.

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rosedewson: There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark…

Posted by jbc on December 12th, 2017 at 6:01 pm

rosedewson:

There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tor high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was a light and high beauty for ever beyond it’s reach.

get to know me meme; 2/10 favourite movies: the lord of the rings trilogy (2001-2003)

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dziewanna: this little fella was keeping me company this whole…

Posted by jbc on December 12th, 2017 at 1:01 pm

dziewanna:

this little fella was keeping me company this whole morning, from time to time disappearing but always coming back and peeking from the outside checking if i’m still working

i called him Mr Robin :)

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wanderingredleaves:Penot Christian

Posted by jbc on December 12th, 2017 at 8:02 am

wanderingredleaves:

Penot Christian

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Posted by jbc on December 11th, 2017 at 6:02 pm

ff838:

GAZEEEEEE O-<–<

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elizabetbennet: Costume series ◆ The Sound of Music

Posted by jbc on December 11th, 2017 at 1:01 pm

elizabetbennet:

Costume seriesThe Sound of Music

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mostlythemarsh: Day is Done

Posted by jbc on December 11th, 2017 at 8:06 am

mostlythemarsh:

Day is Done

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pansexual-link-larkin: realizing I never dumped the rest of the…

Posted by jbc on December 10th, 2017 at 6:03 pm

pansexual-link-larkin:

realizing I never dumped the rest of the Poe Party headshots here!!! pls enjoy Nicolette as Poe, Me as George, Michael as HG, Alexei as Mary, Shelby as Eddie, Tu as Ernest, Emily as Emily (ha), Mariah as Oscar, and Lara as Annabel

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mostlythemarsh: Horsehenge

Posted by jbc on December 10th, 2017 at 1:03 pm

mostlythemarsh:

Horsehenge

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friendsdontsuefriends: I spent the morning giffing Lenore in…

Posted by jbc on December 10th, 2017 at 8:08 am

friendsdontsuefriends:

I spent the morning giffing Lenore in the first episode of Poe Party because… reasons. And I accidentally ended up with 50+ gifs so these are just ten of the best ones (it was so hard cause honestly all her facial expressions give me LIFE)

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Quick note: Last night as the Thomas Fire moved into Carpinteria we evacuated. We’re all fine….

Posted by jbc on December 10th, 2017 at 5:53 am

Quick note: Last night as the Thomas Fire moved into Carpinteria we evacuated. We’re all fine. Follow me on Twitter (@jbc99) for more details if you’re interested.

Hope to be back on here soonish, but you’ll probably mostly be getting queue from me (at least until that runs out) for the next little bit until things settle down.

Thanks!

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chandelyer: Elie Saab spring 2011 couture

Posted by jbc on December 9th, 2017 at 6:09 pm

chandelyer:

Elie Saab spring 2011 couture

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jaynaneeya: Poe Party is the sportiest sports series to ever…

Posted by jbc on December 9th, 2017 at 1:03 pm

jaynaneeya:

Poe Party is the sportiest sports series to ever sport

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redlipstickresurrected: Troy Ruffels (Tasmanian, b. 1972,…

Posted by jbc on December 9th, 2017 at 8:03 am


Troy Ruffels (Tasmanian, b. 1972, Devonport, Tasmania) – When Stars Fall To Sea, 2011 Photography


Troy Ruffels (Tasmanian, b. 1972, Devonport, Tasmania) – Night Air, 2011 Photography

redlipstickresurrected:

Troy Ruffels (Tasmanian, b. 1972, Devonport, Tasmania) – 1: When Stars Fall To Sea, 2011  2:

Night Air, 2011  Photography

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Photo

Posted by jbc on December 8th, 2017 at 11:43 pm

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bearhugs-65:Jan Mankes, Hill in Brongerga – 1910

Posted by jbc on December 8th, 2017 at 6:03 pm

bearhugs-65:

Jan Mankes, Hill in Brongerga – 1910

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“I will not say: do not weep, for not all tears are an evil.”

Posted by jbc on December 8th, 2017 at 1:03 pm

“I will not say: do not weep, for not all tears are an evil.”

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King  (via thequotejournals)

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Twitter

Posted by jbc on December 8th, 2017 at 12:38 pm

Twitter:

In which I go on (and on) about the botched-and-then-corrected evacuation orders issued in Carpinteria last night. If, you know, that’s the kind of thing you’re into.

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