Bird Forces Hawaii To Transfer To Digital TV In Jan.

The nation is scheduled to convert to digital TV on Feb. 17. But most of Hawaii will make the switch a month early because of a volcano-dwelling bird. Federal wildlife officials recommended hastening the transition in Hawaii so the Hawaiian petrel's nesting season on the slopes of Maui's Haleakala volcano won't be disrupted by the destruction of the old analog transmission towers nearby.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne. Digital TV will come a month early to much of Hawaii on the wings of a bird. That's because the regular date to switch to digital, February 17, is right at the beginning of the nesting season for the endangered Hawaiian Petrel. And the petrel nests along the slopes of a volcano in Maui where transmission towers now stand. Tearing the towers down would disturb the birds, so Hawaii is going digital in January. It's Morning Edition.

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