As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday 7 May 2014

Predator fence work begins

Posted: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 12:30 am

The Garden Island 

LIHUE — The Department of Land and Natural Resources is beginning a project to protect rare birds and their native forest habitat in Kauai’s Hono O Na Pali Natural Area Reserve.

The natural area reserve stretches from sea level along the picturesque Na Pali coast up to the Alaka‘i plateau in the Hanalei and Waimea districts.

The reserve protects native forest watersheds, as well as 48 species of endangered plants, and six endangered bird species. 

Hikers may experience these mist-shrouded forests by hiking on the Alaka‘i Swamp trail boardwalk. Many of the plants and bird species seen along the trail only exist on Kauai. 

The project includes control of invasive weeds like Himalayan ginger and Australian Tree Ferns, non-native animal removal, and monitoring unique rare plants and animals.

A 3.3-mile fence from Pihea to Kilohana will exclude feral goats and pigs from 2,290 acres of high elevation forests.

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