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January 15, 2008 – April 17, 2008
Museum: Natural History Museum
Location: Ground Floor, Constitution Ave. Lobby, East Side
The Hawaiian Islands were one of the last places on Earth to be settled by humans. The first people arrived on the islands between 1,300 and 1,000 years ago and brought major ecological changes: Forests were cleared for agriculture, and more recently, non-native species have been introduced, including the mongoose (which eats birds) and the mosquito (which carries avian malaria). These changes have led to the decline of Hawaiian native birds; at least 55 species have gone extinct since the arrival of humans. The Hawaiian honeycreepers exemplify this decline.
Objects on view include:
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