The other problem is mosquitoes which are not native to Hawaii. They carry avian malaria which none of our native birds have resistance to. The climate has warmed up, so there are mosquitoes at the summits of mountains, the last sanctuary of these native birds. Unless something is done to control mosquitoes, we can foresee the loss of our native honeycreepers in the next couple of decades.
It’s make-or-break now, we’re at a real crossroads
If birds and native insects start to disappear because of climate change, then we will lose pollinators. Plants will no longer produce viable seeds, and that will unleash a domino effect, which will impact biodiversity.
I am still optimistic though; there is no reason why we shouldn’t be growing and replanting these rare plants in the forest. I’m confident that there’s enough resilience for most of the species to survive, and I will not give up my fight to save them.
Information taken from: https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/03/1059742