(The Center Square) – The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law includes $14 million for ecosystem restoration that state officials said could save four Hawaiian birds from extinction.
“Several species of native Hawaiian forest birds are on the verge of extinction, possibly within the next two years,” Gov. David Ige said in a news release. “This federal funding could not come at a better time and will add significantly to projects and efforts already underway to try and save species, like ‘akikiki and kiwikiu from vanishing forever.”
Conservation officials are particularly concerned about four species of the Hawaiian honeycreepers. The birds are threatened by avian malaria, a mosquito-borne disease that is not native to the state, according to conservation officials.