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Interagency survey finds plunge in numbers of 2 rare Maui species

Only about half the number of rare, beloved Maui songbirds exist in the wild than previously estimated, according to the first large-scale study of its kind in nearly four decades.

While the numbers are sparking renewed worry over possible extinction, they match estimates held for some time by local scientists who are working on a “risky” project to translocate birds this fall.

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