Nēnē Research & Conservation


The conservation of the nēnē and the rehabilitation of this species span decades, involving thousands of people and numerous organizations. The purpose of this project is to supplement existing efforts by providing stakeholders with near-real-time information about individual nēnē, informing predator control efforts, and bolstering involvement by promoting community science.

Who are we?

Nēnē Research and Conservation (Nene.org) is a non-profit organization based in Hawaiʻi that is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Founded by Jordan and Ariel, Nene.org was started to collect and consolidate nēnē sightings across Hawaiʻi. Although a considerable portion of the population is banded, there is no centralized, publicly available database for this species. Our team gathers sighting data from various sources such as social media, eBird, iNaturalist, and conducts dedicated surveys. This data helps us identify areas where conservation efforts can be improved to support the rehabilitation of nēnē, as well as improve habitats for other native and endemic species. By providing more context behind an individual nēnē we can help folks build stronger connections with conservation in Hawaiʻi. 

Jordan Lerma

Jordan Lerma is a Native Hawaiian field biologist at Cascadia Research Collective and holds a degree in Economics and Public Finance from Saint Mary’s College of California and is pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University. He is the owner and operator of Uheheu, LLC which specializes in using technology like drones to address conservation issues.

Ariel Imoto

Ariel is a Native Hawaiian living in the North Hilo ahupuaʻa in the town of Pāpaʻikou. She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences. Ariel has previously worked with Keauhou Bird Conservation, National Tropical Botanical Garden, and the Hawaii Tree Snail Conservation Laboratory. She continues her passion for protecting Hawaiʻi’s native species by raising awareness of pressing conservation issues through illustrations and social media.

Katie Cartee

Katie works and volunteers for various Hawaiian wildlife conservation groups. She grew up in Alaska and then earned a Bachelor’s degree in Integrative Physiology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is currently finishing up a degree in Marine Science from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and plans on continuing her education further. When she is not studying or surveying for nēnē, Katie can be found volunteering with the Hawaiian monk seals or clearing marine debris from our beaches with Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund.

Manuohina Lerma

Manuohina is a 2 year old field assistant that has better eyes than both Jordan and Ariel. Her duties include spotting birds and checking to see if they have a band or not. When not working with nene she can be found riding her bike or playing with her dog Hiku.

How do I send a photo?

Individual photos can be contributed to the dataset by using the upload page. All photo rights will be retained by the photographer or current rights holder and will not be made public unless we are given explicit permission.


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