Some Honolulu zoo keepers are part of a group helping a 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: the golden white-eye, Mariana fruit dove and rufous fantail
Crews scooped up birds from one island where they were thriving and dropped them off on another to try to build up the numbers there.
"We are translocating those birds to the different islands to help protect them from risk of extinction," said James Breeden, zoo keeper.
From islands like Saipan to Sarigan, keepers say they have seen a decline in the population because of brown tree snakes.
"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 are all their birds," said Breeden.
But the birds are bouncing back. Each trip transfers 25 to 50 birds to a new island. Then nature takes its course.
"Fifty bridal white eyes were translocated there [Northern Mariana Islands]. Survey indicates there are roughly 3,000 birds there now," said Breeden.
The Honolulu Zoo is hosting a Summer Solstice: Conservation Fest on Sunday where you can learn more about what the crews do during other projects.
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