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Exciting and encouraging news this week from The ʻAlalā Project! The ʻAlalā, Hawai'i's endemic crow, became extinct in the wild about 25 years ago. Thanks to a captive breeding program, a pioneer group of the birds raised were released into a forest reserve on Hawai'i Island a few years ago. Additional cohorts of these endemic crows have been released since, and the birds recently have begun showing natural relational behaviors. This week the Project shared some awesome news: a pair of ʻAlalā have built a nest--the first in almost 20 years! And, the female's behavior suggests she is incubating eggs. According to a post made on the Project's Facebook page yesterday, ʻAlalā typically lay between three and five eggs and will incubate them for an average of twenty-one days. If these eggs hatch the chicks would be the first ʻAlalā hatched in the wild in two decades. This is another positive step in the long journey to recovery for this species." Photo: San Diego Zoo Global

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