Embracing biodiversity — Happy Endangered Species Day!
May 19, 2017
Every year, the third Friday in May is an opportunity to recognize wildlife conservation and restoration, and biodiversity across the globe on Endangered Species Day.
Nene geese, like the pair pictured above, are listed as endangered and considered to be the rarest goose species in the world since it is native to Hawaii. Like other geese, nene are monogamous and prefer to mate for life but will find another mate if one is lost. They’re a revered species in the islands and have been recognized as the official state bird since 1957. According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS), Hawaii has the largest number of listed endangered or threatened species, the nene being 1 of over 500 animal and plant species listed. California is the next closest state with just over 300 species listed. This is important because it shows just how biodiverse our environment in Hawaii is and why we need to preserve it.
Protecting our environment is important to our customers and communities so we actively strive to share this responsibility. From helping with albizia control efforts in Puna, to spending a day on the land restoring the Heeia wetlands; to helping native plants and endemic species thrive in the Honouliuli Forest Reserve or giving out native plants at our annual Arbor Day tree giveaways, our employees host and participate in a variety of events that benefit and improve this beautiful place we call home.
Our commitment to environmental stewardship runs deeper through the efforts of our in-house wildlife biologist, who helps identify emerging protected and endangered species issues, develops protocols and procedures for minimizing our impact and provides training to personnel.
Learn more about how we’ve worked with our communities to embrace our commitment to protecting our environment and how you can be a part of it too: https://www.hawaiianelectric.com/about-us/our-commitment/environmental-responsibility. Happy Endangered Species Day!