State, federal and University of Hawaii wildlife experts are undertaking a yearlong campaign aimed at ensuring the survival of the Hawaiian duck, or koloa.
The chocolate brown koloa maoli is an endangered species largely due to its cross-breeding with the introduced common mallard duck.
“For the long-term recovery of the koloa, it means there has to be some type of separation between the koloa and the mallard, whether it means just in the wild … or whether it means we can’t have any mallards at all,” said Stephen Turnbull, Koloa communication and outreach coordinator for the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.
In an effort to save the species, DLNR, along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the University of Hawaii Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit, on Wednesday announced the launch of the campaign to heighten public awareness about the Hawaiian duck by way of a Facebook page, website, advertisements and survey. The first 200 people to participate in the survey will receive a free T-shirt that has a koloa design.
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