Honeycreepers (Draw a Bird Day)

“The forests are getting silent”
–Hanna Mounce, Maui Forest Bird Recovery

always more words, less
hollow justifications–
vast human wasteland

Eight birds from the Hawaiian Islands were on the official extinction list released by wildlife officials last week. Honeycreepers, descended from finches, are only found in Hawaii and have been losing species ever since explorers started bringing in invasive animals and diseases and destroying habitat in order to profit from the land.

Almost all the remaining honeycreepers are endangered. Besides their visual beauty, they pollinate native plants and keep insect populations under control.

Mosquitos, which are not native to the islands and arrived in the early 1800s, are one of the biggest dangers. They are hard to control and impossible to eliminate. The Avian Malaria and Avian Pox they brought has decimated the lower forest dwelling birds. As honeycreepers have retreated to higher elevations, climate change has followed them, raising the temperatures of the upper forests to levels that mosquitos can tolerate. The Maui Forest Recovery Project is working to save forest habitats and the plants and animals that live in its unique ecosystem.

I’ve written a shadorma this week for Colleen’s #TankaTuesday, poet’s choice.

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28 responses to “Honeycreepers (Draw a Bird Day)”

  1. Ingrid says :

    This is so sad. We honeymooned in Hawaii and didn’t see a single honeycreeper. I did get to see the Nene, or Hawaiian goose, and lots of green sea turtles though. I don’t suppose the tourist industry is helping any.

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  2. esbozandolosdias says :

    Lovely watercolors.

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  3. WildChild47 says :

    great shadorma! the brevity of the powerful word choice really brings the message home – especially in the opening – it’s gripping — less but more, except words with paltry actions hardly effects changes ….

    I’m really pulled in by your message – and the drawings/sketches are lovely as well

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  4. Ken / rivrvlogr says :

    Your words are to the point and effective. And I love your birds.

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  5. Colleen M. Chesebro says :

    You know I love your birds and your message is spot on! I just read that Florida’s Ivory-Billed Woodpeckers are now extinct! https://phys.org/news/2021-10-florida-ivory-billed-woodpecker-extinctbut.html. It’s such a sad state of affairs. Your shadorma really drew me into your message. ❤

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  6. robertawrites235681907 says :

    I also love birds, Kerfe, and you commentary makes me sad. I just don’t understand humanity on mass.

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  7. merrildsmith says :

    Your birds are lovely. It’s horrible that this is the only way anyone may see them soon. Your words are powerful.

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  8. janetweightreed10 says :

    A beautiful post – with wonderful illustrations. How sad it is that we are losing so much wildlife worldwide. We must wake up!!

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  9. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    The birds are awesome, Marta and yes so sad we all are loosing a part of our environment. It is time that we all did something.

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  10. ben Alexander says :

    Beautiful drawings, but very 😢, Kerfe

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  11. D. Avery @shiftnshake says :

    Sad. A sad message rendered beautifully.

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  12. D. Wallace Peach says :

    Beautiful birds, Kerfe, and so sad to hear that they’re now going extinct. I don’t think people realize how each change in the climate creates ripples and that changes on the micro level will have resounding consequences on the macro level and ultimately on human life. A beautiful but sad poem.


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