Canines latest tool in effort to curb avian botulism

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    Detector dog Bodhi is one of two dogs that are being used to find birds that have died or are sick with avian botulism on Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge.

  • Jessica Else/The Garden Island

    Kim Uyehara, refuge biologist, examines the dead koloa duck found the morning of Dec. 20 at Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge. It’s one of hundreds that have been dying annually of avian botulism.

  • Jessica Else/The Garden Island

    Kyoko Johnson, trainer and dog handler who is contracting with USGS and USFW, celebrates with detector dog, Bodhi, after finding the corpse of a bird that died from avian botulism during a demonstration at Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge.

  • Jessica Else/The Garden Island

    Kyoko Johnson, trainer and dog handler who is contracting with USGS and USFW, searches taro fields in Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge for birds dead or sick from avian botulism with detector dog, Bodhi.

KILAUEA — Walking through the taro fields at the Quick family farm in Hanalei, it’s nearly impossible to see the koloa ducks between the plants until they take flight.

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