Even wildlife biologists have a tough time telling the difference between the endangered Hawaiian Duck, Koloa Maoli, and the common mallard. Cross-breeding or hybridization between the two species is the primary reason the endemic Koloa duck is endangered. A new collaborative program between the State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the University of Hawaii Pacific Studies Cooperative Unit is addressing the future of the Koloa. The project attempts to provide steps which will ensure its ultimate survival as one three remaining native waterfowl species in Hawaii (Koloa, Hawaiian Goose-Nene, and Laysan Duck).
For more information about The Koloa Project, visit: http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/wildlife/koloa/