Nene Awareness Day
Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park News Release
Date: September 21, 2006
Contact: Jim Gale, Chief of Interpretation, 808-985-6010
September 26th was officially declared Nene Awareness Day by Governor Linda Lingle in 2003. On the Big Island, biologists from Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, the State Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Hakalau National Wildlife Refuge and the Keauhou Bird Conservation Center work together to preserve our rare and unique State bird. There are approximately 500 Nene on the Big Island and 1,800 statewide. Nene nesting season will begin soon and biologists are hoping for another successful year.
Did You Know?
`Ohelo (Vaccinium reticulatum) is a relative of blueberries and a favorite food of nene, the Hawaiian Goose. Its berries range from dark red to pale yellow when ripe and are sacred to Pele, the volcano deity.