The HEAR website is scheduled to remain available online indefinitely (due to the gracious support of PCSU), and was moved to a more stable server situation in early 2013.
HEAR-maintained internet mailing lists will continue to be available for the indefinite future, but user issues/requests (including moderation/new subscriber approval [for those lists needing it]) will likely take longer to be handled between now and mid-January (as all support is on being handled by volunteers).
The Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk (PIER) subsite (www.hear.org/pier) will continue to be maintained (as always, thanks to the heroic volunteer efforts of Jim Space). It is planned that future updates will be uploaded to the HEAR website by a volunteer (already in place).
Please direct any questions about these or other facets of HEAR status to: email@example.com
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A message from Dr. David Duffy, Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (PCSU), University of Hawaii (posted 05 November 2012):
Because of a lack of funds, HEAR (www.hear.org) may close as soon as December 15, although there may be enough funds to extend it until February 15. This will mean several things. The web site will be placed on a new server although it is not clear who will pay for the server or for transitioning the site. HEAR data will not be updated. The Pacific Ecosystems at Risk (PIER) site will also become frozen, as will numerous books, reports and papers. As software evolves we will likely lose the ability to access the data. The various list servers will need new owners, otherwise moderated lists will cease to function altogether, while other lists will not be able to add or delete members. The Starr photo collection will remain accessible, but only through a third party site that will charge for access.
I should point out that we have already lost the original home of the Pacific Basin Information Node (PBIN) website, although it has found temporary refuge. Together with HEAR, this site represents the corporate memory both here in Hawaii and across the Pacific of efforts to sustain our natural ecosystems and agriculture against problems caused by species alien to the islands. HEAR also serves as the glue that holds the community together, providing information and facilitating communication. I just hope hindsight is kind to this decision.
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Send your suggestions to the SAVE-HEAR list. (Note that the list archives are also available via that link. The list archives are public; no need to be a member of the list in order to view them.) (If you have any questions about the list, please address them to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
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Common names: Currently, species are listed on these pages only with scientific names. Scientific names--although they do change occasionally--are the most reliable way to refer to species of organisms. You may search the GRIN database for common names to determine the scientific name of a plant, or ITIS for the names of plants or other organisms. If these searches do not provide the information you need, you may also search the web for the name. You may also search the HEAR website by common name.