Count the Nene – Don’t feed them!
Between May and September, you’re likely to see Hawaii’s State Bird, the Nene goose while you’re in Koke’e State Park. During breeding season, from October through April, Nene are off in the bush and less social
If you see this lovely bird in the park, enjoy this lovely goose – but please restrain yourself from feeding them. A distant relative of the Canada goose, the Nene, like all geese, are easily domesticated.
If you feed the nene, they could get sick. If they become dependent on human hand-outs, they’ll never teach their fledglings how to forge in the wild, where they get a much healthier diet than human food or cracked corn. Instead of feeding chickens or nene (see why not below), help our State Wildlife Biologist count the Nene!
Here’s how: Help track their progress by reporting the color of their leg bands, and the letters on the bands. Fill out this on-line form and we’ll get it to our State Wildlife Biologist.
FORM – Click Below To Download Form:
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