In Partnership with The Pueo Project
The Pueo Project is a conservation effort formed at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Pueos or Hawaiian Short-eared owls are important to the Hawaian ecosystem because they control population sizes by preying on introduced rodents and other invasive species. In 2005, the Pueo was state-listed as an endangered species, followed by the declining populations of other short-eared owls in Europe and North America. Their decline resulted due to habitat disturbance and a reduced population of small mammals.The Pueo Project dedicates their time in researching the two needs of the Pueo: improving population monitoring and defining habitats important to population stability.