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Please enjoy these images of the wildlife and landscapes PIERC studies throughout the Pacific Islands

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Image: Hawaiian Hoary Bat
May 31, 2009

Hawaiian Hoary Bat

A Hawaiian Hoary fits in the palm of one's hand.

Pair of nene goose standing in the grass
May 5, 2009

Pair of nene goose standing in the grass

Nene geese are the state birds of Hawai‘i and endangered species. Their populations were threatened by invasive predators including rats, cats, and mongoose. The USGS aided in the recovery of nene on Hawai‘i Island through population monitoring and movement patterns. 

Head-on view of a male mouflon staring directly back at the camera
June 12, 2008

Head-on view of a male mouflon

A large male mouflon sheep stares head-on at the camera of Dr. Steven C. Hess as he stands atop a‘a lava and among shrubs on Hawai‘i Island. 

Adult male mouflon stands broadside of the camera in a grassy field
June 12, 2008

Adult male mouflon stands broadside

An adult male mouflon stands broadside to the camera in a grassy field on Hawai‘i Island. Mouflon were introduced to Hawai‘i for trophy hunting in the 1950s. 

Palila opens māmane pods with its strong bill
July 19, 2007

Palila opens māmane pods with its strong bill

Palila possess large, strong bills which help them crush open māmane seed pods, their diet of choice. One of the many threats to palila was loss of habitat and their number one food source, māmane. 

Image: Sunrise on a Hawaiian Beach 2
June 9, 2007

Sunrise on a Hawaiian Beach 2

Just after sunrise on a beach in eastern Maui.

Image: Hawaiian Monk Seal (Monachus schauinslandi)
June 9, 2007

Hawaiian Monk Seal (Monachus schauinslandi)

Hawaiian Monk Seal on a sandy beach near the western tip of the Hawaiian island of Moloka´i.

Image: Sunrise on a Hawaiian Beach 2
June 9, 2007

Sunrise on a Hawaiian Beach 2

Just after sunrise on a beach in eastern Maui.

Image: Sunrise on a Hawaiian Beach 1
June 9, 2007

Sunrise on a Hawaiian Beach 1

Just after sunrise on a beach in eastern Maui.

Adult palila perched in a mamane tree
April 10, 2007

Adult palila perched in a māmane tree

An adult palila perches in a māmane tree on the slopes of Mauna Kea volcano. Palila are a finch-billed Hawaiian honeycreeper who are considered critically endangered.  

Researcher measures the wing of a palila nestling
July 18, 2006

Researcher measures the wing of a palila nestling

A very young palila nestling is given unique color bands and it's body measurements are taken on Mauna Kea volcano, Hawai‘i Island, Hawai‘i. In a multi-decadal study of palila and the factors influencing their population, Dr. Paul Banko has studied the diet, movement, and nesting behavior of these critically

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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.