Going Wild: Mariana BirdsUPDATED 7:56 PM HST Jun 20, 2014Video Transcript
dwindling bird population soar again ... They're building up the population of feathered friends of the Northern Mariana Islands, after scientists noticed the numbers were dropping ... KITV 4's Ashley Moser shows what a Hawaii based group is doing to help in tonight's edition of Going Wild! 29-33 The Golden White Eye... Mariana Fruit Dove... And rufous fantail. Each bird at the Honolulu Zoo represents a species that's suffering thousands of miles away on the Northern Mariana Islands. nat of exhibit Now there's a coordinated effort taking flight... Call it repopulation through relocation... Crews scoop up birds from one island where they're thriving ... and drop them off on another to try to build up the numbers there. 17:33 "WE ARE TRANSLOCATING THOSE BIRDS TO THE DIFFERENT ISLANDS TO HELP PROTECT THEM FROM RISK OF EXTINCTION." 17:37 From islands like Saipan to Sarigan -- keepers say they have seen a decline in population because of these guys: Brown Tree Snakes. 20:00 "A LOT OF PEOPLE MAY KNOW OF THE STORY OF THE BROWN TREE SNAKE IN GUAM. THE BROWN TREE SNAKE WAS AN INTRODUCED SPECIES AND IT PREYED ON THE AVIATION SPECIES IN GUAM AND PRETTY MUCH ATE ALL THEIR BIRDS." 20:09 But the birds are bouncing back. Each trip transfers 25 to 50 birds to a new island... Then nature takes its course. 21:33 "FIFTY BRIDAL WHITE EYES WERE TRANSLOCATED THERE. SURVEY INDICATES THERE ARE ROUGHLY 3000 BIRDS THERE NOW." 21:41 Ashley Moser -- KITV 4 News. The Honolulu Zoo is hosting a Summer Solstice: Conservation Fest this Sunday where you can learn more about what the crews do during other projects. For more information check out the "As Seen On" section of kitv dot com.