birds affected by the die-off of native trees in Hawai'i

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Subject: birds affected by the die-off of native trees in Hawai'i
From: Denise Goodfellow <>
Date: Tue, 31 May 2016 10:00:33 +0000
Good evening all.  Some of you may have heard of the die-off of trees in 
Hawai’i.  Here are a couple of reports.  

"Since its discovery in 2010, rapid ohia death has devastated thousands of 
acres of native forests throughout Hawaii Island. Ohia, one of the most 
important forest trees in Hawai’i” 

The Nature Conservancy puts the number of  tree deaths at 100 000, half the 
trees on the Big Island 

Indigenous Hawai’ian elder, Leilehua Yuen has just written: Pretty much all 
forest birds (are affected). The ʻōhiʻa-lehua is a keystone tree, comprising up 
to 80% of a given forest stand.  

The culprit is a fungus Ceratocystis fimbriata.  I don’t know if Australian 
members of Myrtaceae are at threat.  Can anyone on Birding Aus tell me?


Denise Lawungkurr  Goodfellow
PO Box 71
Darwin River, NT, Australia 0841
043 8650 835

PhD candidate, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW.

Founding Member: Ecotourism Australia
Nominated by Earthfoot for Condé Nast’s International  Ecotourism Award, 2004.

With every introduction of a plant or animal that goes feral this continent 
becomes a little less unique, a little less Australian.

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