The Nene Goose is the official state bird of Hawaii. It is the rarest goose in the world, having its population reduced to 30 birds by 1952. Captive breeding has saved the species from extinction. These birds can only be found wild on the islands of Mau'i, Kaua'i, and Hawai'i. A land based goose, its feet and wings are adapted to life on the lava flows on which it breeds.
Copyright 2007 by Kelly Glazner for National Postcard Week, May 6-12, 2007