From the Brink of Extinction: Saving Rare Plants at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

November 27, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Lyman Museum
276 Haili St
Hilo, HI 96720

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Some of the world’s rarest plants are found in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a place where more than 100 years of preservation and protection efforts have created an optimal environment in which they can survive and thrive.  The native silversword and lobelia lineages of Hawai‘i are spectacular examples of adaptive radiation, in which single colonizing ancestors have given rise to a stunning diversity of descendant species … yet they now include some of the world’s most critically imperiled plants.  Over the past two decades, park managers have partnered with public and private organizations to pull these species back from the brink of extinction through large-scale plant reintroduction efforts.  This afternoon and evening, HVNP botanist Sierra McDaniel discusses and illustrates the value of integrating these crucial efforts with ongoing restoration activities across large landscapes.

Free to Lyman Museum members; $3 nonmembers. 

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for evening public programs.  Limited seating; first come, first seated.  Additional parking next door at Hilo Union School ON MONDAY EVENING ONLY