HFI is working with Bryce Masuda, Maui Bird Conservation Center (MBCC) and Keauhou Bird Conservation Center (KBCC) Conservation Programs Manager, to create a Discovery Forest at the MBCC. The MBCC Discovery Forest will be modeled after the KBCC Discovery Forest. The MBCC. will be receiving a $5 million grant from landowner DOFAW to install more aviaries for the birds being bred at the facility.
MBCC is located in the ahupua‘a of Makawao, encompassing about 40 acres. Hawaiian birds being bred at MBCC are the ‘Alalā (extinct in the wild) and ‘Akikiki. The site was cleared many years ago for agriculture, and now the need is to restore the native forest to help ensure the birds are comfortable and ready to be returned to the forest. Together with the community, introduced weeds and trees will be removed, and native seedlings will be outplanted as part of service-learning activities that connect the birds with the forest.
Former teacher, Sarah Naone will be conducting a teacher workshop on March 2, 2024, to encourage them to bring their students to MBCC for forest stewardship activities at the Discovery Forest and to learn about the endangered birds.
Learn more about Maui forest birds here.