Spread of Rapid `Ohi`a Death in Puna May By Hindering `Amakihi Population
In 2001, Environment Hawai`i reported on research by U.S. Geological Survey entomologist Dennis LaPointe and colleague Carter Atkinson suggesting that climate change-induced temperature increases will likely shrink the habitat ranges of native forest birds, as warming allows disease-carrying mosquitoes to reach those high elevations that once served as a refuge from deadly avian malaria.
However, researchers with the agency had also found something promising: `amakihi (Chlorodrepanis virens) in lowland forests in Puna, on the east side of Hawai`i island, were actually thriving . . .
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