I recently had a chance to study and observe the different birds in Hawaii. It was really interesting to see how the birds that lived there adapted to the tropical climates. One bird in peticular I found to be the most fascinating of them all. It is called the Nene Goose. The Nene Goose, also called the Hawaiian Goose, is a species of goose only found in the Hawaiian islands. It is also the official state bird of Hawaii. The Nene Goose is on the endangered species list. There are roughly only about 2,500 birds left. That includes birds in the wild and birds that are in wildfowl collections and zoos. It is believed that before Captain Cook came to the islands there were more than 25,000 of these Hawaiian geese in Hawaii. After predetors were introduced and very aggressive hunting practices there were only 30 left by the 1950’s. However thankfully due to conservationists such as Peter Scott, they have been slowly bred back to the numbers we see today. Many local companies such as Carpet Cleaners Hawaii, help contribute to the preservation of these beutiful birds.The Nene Goose is a medium sized bird that is capable of flight. The males average anywhere from 3-6 pounds and the females are usually slightly smaller. Besides there size the males generally have a black head and hindneck. Besides that the females are similar in color pattern. Both have a black bill, black legs, and black feet. Their feet are specially adapted with padding and reduced webbing. This allows them to quickly move through very rough terrain such as the lava plains in Hawaii. The Nene Goose in the wild can be found inhabiting shrublands, coastal plains, grasslands, and like I mentioned earlier, the lava plains. On occassion you may also find them inhabting a golf course or two. These birds are not very aggressive but the male will act as a sentry to protect the nest when needed. It was a real treat for me to see these amazing birds. They are truly part of what makes Hawaii such a great and special place. I plan to follow up with these birds and to help in any way I can to ensure that they continue to thrive. If you would like to, or you know anyone else who like to learn more about the Nene Goose, or if you would like to find a way to donate to thier survival, please feel free to contact me. You can email me by using the contact form in the contact page.