Five Alala (Hawaiian Crow) Released into the Wild

January 4, 2017 – For me and many other bird lovers out there, this new year brings renewed hope for the conservation efforts revolving around the Alala (Hawaiian Crow). On December 14, five captive-raised crows were released into the wild at Pu‘u Maka‘ala Natural Area Reserve (Big Island). By the …

Maui Birding Spotlight: The Hawaiian Goose (Nene)

December 2016 Birding on Maui is always fun, especially when you head upcountry into Haleakala National Park. The temperature is cooler, it’s a completely different landscape and you have the chance of seeing the endemic Hawaiian Goose, or Nene (nay-nay). It is currently the nesting season for this geographically isolated …

Banding Wedge-tailed Shearwater Chicks – Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project

Wedge-tailed Shearwater

October 21, 2016 – This morning, a large group of volunteers gathered in the grassy field of Kamaole III (Kam 3). Their mission? -To support Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project (MNSRP) and band hundreds of juvenile Wedge-tailed Shearwaters. I volunteered and MNSRP selected me to be a “handler.” Handlers reach their arms far …

Maui’s Changing Landscape – Sugar Cane Operations Come to a Close

Anyone who’s been to Maui knows the valley’s defining landscape feature is the vast flowing fields of sugar cane. It surrounds the main airport on almost all sides, continuing up the leeward slope of Haleakala and east along the Hana Highway for miles; fields of green that just stretch on …