Nene in a pasture

Nene in a pastureNene in a pasture

 

The Nene, or Hawaiian goose, is the official state bird and endemic to the islands. It’s also an endangered species, with numbers currently estimated at around 2,500. I was surprised, and lucky, to see a small group puttering about in the corner of a local cow pasture.

For more information about Nene and other native Hawaiian birds, go to state.hi.us/dlnr/consrvhi/forestbirds/.