Aug 21

From the Field

On Laysan Island: A New Cycle Begins

July 29 to August 11, 2013 Andrea Kristof After a brief vacation from the demands of parenting, the Millerbirds of Laysan Island (in Hawai’i) are emerging from their molting period and initiating the fourth wave of breeding this calendar year. The fledglings from the 2013 breeding season, which only two… Read more >>

Aug 09

From the Field

In the Valley of the Palkachupa: Conserving an Elusive Bird in the Andes

By Dan Lebbin Standing on a ridge top in the highlands of Bolivia, near the isolated village of Atén, I looked out across the irreplaceable landscape known as the Apolo Valley. Beneath the rising clouds and fog, the grassy hills ahead of me rolled up and down for miles, interrupted… Read more >>

Aug 05

From the Field

Millerbird Molt Malaise

July 15—28, 2013 Michelle Wilcox The adult Millerbirds on our little Pacific island are molting, relaxing, and enjoying some much-needed rest after a long and productive breeding season. We are eagerly awaiting the first sign of nest-building that will mark the start of the next wave of reproduction. Now that… Read more >>

Jul 26

From the Field

Nearing Fifty Fledglings

July 1 – July 14, 2013 Megan Dalton and Andrea Kristof Half the year is over, and the Millerbirds on Laysan have already had their most prolific year yet. Through our regular nest monitoring, we know that there have been at least 46 fledglings to date, easily surpassing last year's… Read more >>

Jul 15

From the Field

An Island of Constant Change

June 17 - 30, 2013 Michelle Wilcox We are bidding farewell to four of the seven island inhabitants who have been our companions in conservation and restoration work here for the past three months.  One of the outward-bound volunteers composed a poem which now permanently graces the kitchen tent. I… Read more >>

Jun 20

From the Field

Spying on the Birds

June 3 – 16, 2013 Megan Dalton After Millerbird pairs have fledged their chicks and are through using their nests, we often will find nests on the ground in pieces as if something has torn them apart. Millerbirds have been known to “cannibalize” their old nests and reuse the nesting… Read more >>

Jun 06

From the Field

Fledgling Explorers on Laysan Island

May 20 - June 2, 2013 Michelle Wilcox We now have at least 100 Millerbirds on Laysan Island! In the past two weeks, we’ve discovered a few more unbanded adult females nesting with banded males. This brought our number of adults up to 75. The number of Millerbird fledglings for… Read more >>

May 28

From the Field

As Busy as a Millerbird

May 6-19, 2013 Megan Dalton The past two weeks have been quite productive, both for the Millerbirds and for us in the field. We are currently following 23 pairs engaging in breeding behavior, which means Michelle and I are busy trying to keep up with all the activity. This is… Read more >>

May 13

From the Field

Survival and Productivity on Laysan

April 22 - May 5, 2013 Michelle Wilcox Here on Laysan, survival and breeding productivity are two of the main pieces of information we are documenting for the Millerbirds translocated in 2011 and 2012.  Our observations show the birds surviving and reproducing admirably. We have been on the island just… Read more >>

Apr 26

From the Field

Flurry of Activity on Laysan

April 8 - April 21, 2013 Megan Dalton My first month on Laysan, where I’m helping to monitor the recently reintroduced Millerbird population, has been a bit of a whirlwind. So many new sights and sounds to take in and places to explore on this island, while simultaneously trying to… Read more >>