Wildlife officials are planning the release of eighteen Puaiohi (Myadestes palmeri) into their native habitat, the Alaka`i Wilderness Area on Kauai. These birds are listed as critically endangered and estimates put the current population at less than 300. In 1995, a partnership was formed between the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife, and The Peregrine Fund to help save these birds. The first release took place in 1999 and the birds have since been confirmed breeding in the wild. In 2001, the Hawaiian Endangered Bird Conservation Program composed a five-year workplan and breeding operations were passed from The Peregrine Fund to the Zoological Society of San Diego.
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