Subject: Bird of the Year Date: Jan 1 20:00:08 2000 From: Eugene Kridler - ekridler at olympus.net
You tell them, Michelle. Confine it to American birds. Right on.
I could say I've seen the Nihoa Finch, the Nihoa Millerbird, the Laysan Teal and the Laysan Finch which most people will never get a chance to see unless they're a ornithologist on a permitted research project which would qualify as being for the betterment of the species. Oh, yes, they are Hawaiian birds, and believe it or not, Hawaii is a State along with the other Forty-nine.
When picking up visiting firemen and other visitors at the Honolulu airport, quite a few times I've heard people deplaning and asking questions like, "Is American money any good here or do they speak English here."
For that matter, I've seen three species of birds which are now extinct. No amount of travel or dollars would bring them back. Two were also Hawaiian species. The other from a Commonwealth of the U.S..
Gene Kridler B.D.O.W.B. 951 E. Oak St. Squirm, Wa.