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Accession Number 5001893

Title Technical assistance to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Region 1: Mariana Archipelago

Rescue and Survey (MARS)

Project Description We know from the natural histories of Hawaii and Guam that extinction rates climb when man

enters an island environment. The introduction of brown tree snakes on Guam has been especially

devastating on the avifauna of that island. The spread of the brown tree snake to other islands is a

real possibility. This project was funded with several goals, including the documentation of the

historic avifauna on the island of Rota in the Northern Mariana Islands group. The second goal is

to identify those species unique to the island and assess their ability to be successfully brought

into captivity for potential breeding programs should this become necessary. To do so we have

over the last several years brought birds of three species into captivity, and, in one case,

successfully returned birds to the wild.Additional goals are to assist the various projects in the

Hawaiian Islands and elsewhere in the Pacific with veterinary support for research projects,

translocations of endangerd species, etc. In addition, the PI will continue to serve on the Hawaiian

Forest Bird Recovery Team disease advisory group.

Keywords captive propagation, conservation biology, disease, hawaiian forest birds, mariana crow, mariana

fruit dove, poouli, restoration ecology, rota bridled white eye,

Principal Glenn Olsen, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center:;


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