Understanding the environmental factors determining the spatial patterns of malaria prevalence in native forest birds across Hawaii

Contributed by Lucas Fortini

The clearly identified link between temperature and avian malaria across the landscape threatens several unique native Hawaiian birds with extinction as the climate warms. With the new climatic datasets provided by HCDP, along with sampling of avian malaria prevalence across the landscape, we are identifying a host of other factors strongly associated with avian malaria prevalence, which can be extremely useful for Hawaiian forest bird conservation efforts.

Please contact Eben Paxton (epaxton@usgs.gov) and Lucas Fortini (lfortini@usgs.gov) for more info, as the work is ongoing.

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