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New documentary, panel tackles threat to native birds

HANAPEPE — A conservation group will premiere a short film spotlighting native birds’ plight today.

The five-minute documentary, “The Forest Birds of Kaua‘i: Mosquito Transmitted Diseases,” culminates several years of study, according to Kaua‘i Forest Bird Recovery Project Leader Lisa “Cali” Crampton.

The researcher says mosquito-borne illness is a primary problem for the island’s endangered bird species. Thursday’s online screening will include a discussion of ways to address the issue, as well as the greater role native birds play on Kaua‘i.

“It is really important to understand where these birds fit into our economic system here in Hawai‘i, our cultural background here in Hawai‘i and our environmental system,” she explained. “The birds keep the forest going, and the forests are what keep the islands going.”

“The Forest Birds of Kaua‘i” debuts at noon. It will be followed by presentations and a question-and-answer session with Crampton, a representative of the American Bird Conservancy and a Hawaiian cultural practitioner.

“If people really want to understand what’s going on on their island, or what’s going on in the Hawaiian Islands, generally, this video will help,” Crampton said.

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Scott Yunker, general assignment reporter, can be reached at 245-0437 or
Source: The Garden Island

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