|This stamp design with images of mouflon sheep was created by artist Michael Bailey. The stamp will be used for |
2021-2022 hunting licenses in Hawai`i, issued by the state Department of Land & Natural Resources.
HAWAI`I WILDLIFE CONSERVATION AND GAME BIRD STAMPS have been unveiled for the 2020-2021 hunting seasons by the state Department of Land & Natural Resources. The conservation stamp is required on the Hawai‘i State hunting license. The game bird hunting stamp is additionally required for those intending to hunt game birds. Funds from sales of these stamps go into the State Wildlife Revolving Fund to support wildlife populations and habitat management, and to manage hunting programs in Hawai‘i. Both stamps will be available on July 1 to wildlife stamp collectors by calling (808) 587-0166.
Wildlife artists submitted entries for this year’s contest and a committee chose the images for both stamps.
The Game Bird Stamp art is from Timothy Turenne, winner of 22 art stamp contests since becoming a full-time wildlife artist in 2006. Many of his conservation stamp prints are available for viewing through Artbarbarians.com. Turenne’s winning submission features the Kalij pheasant, a popular game bird from southern Asia. The Kalij pheasant was brought to Hawaiʻi in 1962 and it native to forests and thickets, especially the Himalayan foothills, from Pakistan to western Thailand. Visually the male is larger, at approximately 33 inches long, and are black with a gray belly, while the females are mottled brown. They have a distinct red skin patch around their eyes, and a crest of feathers atop their heads. Their habitat is primarily in the uplands. They are readily found on Hawaiʻi Island, most noticeably within the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
|This game bird stamp by Timothy Turrene won the DLNR competition and will be |
issued to those hunting game birds in 2021-2022 in Hawai`i.
|This black red damselfly is being released on O‘ahu to boost the endangered species' chances|
of survival, as a test for releasing in more areas. Photo from DLNR
“So far we’ve released about 4,000 damselflies reared in captivity,” said Dr. William Haines of the State’s invertebrate program. “We’re seeing the first evidence of wild reproduction at one of our release sites.”
How do they know? All the released damselflies have a small number marked on their wings. Haines added, “We’re starting to see individuals emerging from the stream that are not marked, which means they are wild born. That’s really encouraging to see they’re completing their entire life cycles in the wild.”
Next month, after a full year of weekly releases, the team will stop releasing damselflies and continue monitoring the success of the program, hoping for a sustainable population at Dillingham. Both Kawelo and Haines are optimistic. “The final test will be when we pull the plug on continual introductions from the lab,” Kawelo commented.
|Damselflies are in distress but growing them in a lab and releasing them to the wild|
may help them survive. Photo from UH
like non-native mosquitos and flies. The immatures are also predators, eating aquatic insects like mosquito larvae.
Each release of the orange-black damselfly involves 50-120 of the delicate insects. After they leave their netted enclosures, they fly off to hunt insects in the surrounding forest. Eventually, they will return to the stream to mate and lay eggs in aquatic plants. “If we can sustain a population at Dillingham for an entire year, that is encouraging for the success of long-term populations, not only on O‘ahu, but also on other islands,” Haines indicated.
The orange-black Hawaiian damselfly is found in small populations on Hawai‘i Island, Maui, and Moloka‘i. It has gone extinct on Lana‘i. On O‘ahu, Haines calls the future for the orange-black damselfly dire. “Even though there are populations on other islands, the Tripler population is the single wild
population left on O‘ahu and we don’t want those genetics to disappear.”
That is why there is a race against the extinction clock. Kawelo, the Army’s Natural Resources Program Manager, concluded, “This species is one of the first I began working on more than 25-years ago. The orange-black Hawaiian damselfly was not endangered at that point, yet despite all the challenges finding a predator-free site, I’m really optimistic.”