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Article December 13, 2013

Defending a Species Paradise

Earthjustice uses the ESA to protect Hawai‘i’s many vulnerable species.

The western stock of Steller sea lions has declined by almost ninety percent from their historic levels.
(Vladimir Burkanov / NOAA)
feature December 3, 2013

Voyaging Back From an Age of Extinction

Steller’s sea cow was the first to disappear after a voyage of discovery accelerated a wave of extinction in North America. The tiny palila bird was the first to benefit from Earthjustice’s use of a law passed to end the extinctions.

feature December 2, 2013

Mike Sherwood: Breaking Legal Ground with a Tiny Bird and King Salmon

All told, Mike Sherwood figures that he and his colleagues have had a hand in protecting around 700 species.

Press Release April 9, 2013

Federal Court Gives Green Light to Palila Protection

Removal of grazing mammals that destroy endangered bird habitat to resume

The endangered palila feeds exclusively on seeds of the mamane tree on Mauna Kea.
(Photo courtesy of Caleb Slemmons)
case April 27, 2009

Critical Habitat for the Palila

The palila—a bird endemic to Hawaiʻi—depends on the native Hawaiian dry land forest, particularly mamane trees, for food, shelter and breeding, and the destruction of mamane forests by sheep and goats and other browsing animals in the early twentieth century prompted a sharp decline in palila numbers and habitat. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service…

document March 23, 2009

Palila complaint (03/23/09)

Challenging the Hawai`i State Department of Land and Natural Resources for failing to comply with three federal court orders issued to stop the state’s illegal “take” of the critically endangered palila bird on Hawai`i Island.

Press Release March 23, 2009

Suit Filed to Protect Endangered Palila Bird in Hawai'i

State’s violation of three court orders contributes to drastic decline

Press Release July 31, 2008

Immediate Action Needed to Save Palila from Extinction

Groups call on DLNR to follow court orders to protect critically endangered birds