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Juvenile ‘i‘iwi in the hand
April 10, 2006

Multi-colored juvenile ‘i‘iwi

‘I‘iwi are one of the most charismatic Hawaiian honeycreepers extant today. Their long, curved bill allow them to reach nectar deep inside specially evolved Hawaiian flowers. As they mature, juvenile ‘i‘iwi will go from these mottled, multi-colored feathers to bright red coloration. 

US Army helicopter flies over the heads of researchers on Mauna Kea
February 23, 2006

US Army helicopter flies over the heads of researchers on Mauna Kea

A US Army helicopter from Pohakuloa Training Area flies overhead of palila researchers on Mauna Kea volcano, Hawai‘i Island, Hawai‘i. 

Nene adults and goslings in a grassy field
November 27, 2005

Nene adults and goslings

A mating pair of adult nēnē (Branta sandvicensis) keep a close watch on three young goslings. An endangered species and the state bird of Hawai‘i, nēnē are the last remaining species of Hawaiian goose.    

Radio telemetry tower on Mauna Kea
July 5, 2005

Radio telemetry tower on Mauna Kea

A VHF radio receiving tower is set up on the slopes of Mauna Kea volcano on Hawai‘i Island, Hawai‘i. This setup allowed researchers to track radio tagged palila over large areas to determine where they were spending their time. 

Maui silversword on Haleakalā volcano
October 30, 2004

Maui silversword on Haleakalā volcano

A view of the stark landscape on Haleakalā volcano, Maui Island, Hawai‘i. Silverswords are an endangered endemic plant group threatened by browsing from invasive ungulates.

Maui silversword on Haleakalā volcano
October 30, 2004

Maui silversword on Haleakalā volcano

Beautifully striking contrast between the pale Maui silversword plant and the red volcanic rock of Haleakalā volcano. 

Nene goose stands among coastal vegetation
February 18, 2004

Nene goose stands among coastal vegetation

A nene goose, Hawai‘i's state bird and an endangered species, stands among coastal vegetation on O‘ahu island. USGS researchers have tracked nene movements using GPS transmitters to determine where they spend their time and to inform policy and decision making regarding their continued protection under the Endangered Species Act. 

1975 earthquake in HVNP
November 29, 1975

1975 earthquake in HVNP

At 04:48 HST that morning, a magnitude-7.7 earthquake shook the island and generated a local tsunami that killed 2 people. Strong shaking from the earthquake produced damage at many locations on the Island of Hawai‘i. Within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, sections of Crater Rim Drive (shown in this photo) cracked, some slumped toward the crater. About a half hour later,

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