Sep 23

From the Field

After the Hurricanes: Life Abounds on Laysan

September 7, 2014 | By Barbara Heindl Welcome Home Megan and I are back on Laysan after our emergency evacuation. The only noticeable change was an unusually high debris line, indicating large swells from Hurricanes Julio, Iselle, and Genevieve, who were in the area while we were gone. Otherwise, Laysan… Read more >>

Aug 28

From the Field

Should We Stay or Should We Go Now: Evacuation from Laysan

August 5-18, 2014 | By Barbara Heindl This past week we hit the halfway point of our 90-day tour on Laysan to monitor Millerbirds, and it showed. All of the Laysan castaways were in the groove. We were monitoring over 10 active nests and had seen a remarkable 90 birds out… Read more >>

Aug 08

From the Field

More Millerbirds, More Problems … if You're a Field Biologist

22 July–4 August | By Megan Dalton I was lucky enough to be one of the Millerbird monitors for both this and last year’s tour, and one of the great things about coming back to Laysan is seeing first-hand how the Millerbird population has grown. Over six months of intensive monitoring… Read more >>

Jul 17

From the Field

Fresh Meat for Flies: First Impressions of Laysan Island

July 7, 2014 | By Barbara Heindl It has been a week since I arrived on Laysan Island with fellow field biologists Megan Dalton and Robby Kohley. We have been sent to Laysan, a small island in the Northwest Hawaiian chain about 930 miles northwest from Honolulu, to monitor a… Read more >>

Feb 25

Perspectives

SNAP! How I Photographed 585 Species in One Year to Benefit Hawaiian Birds

By David Pavlik, graduate student in Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota Wow, what a year. From Northern Hawk Owl to Great Kiskadee, my 2013 “photographic big year”—focused on raising funds for ABC to help out Hawai'i’s endangered bird species—exceeded expectations in every way thanks to so many bird enthusiasts, and… Read more >>

Feb 13

From the Field

White-out on the White Mountain: Restoring Forests on Mauna Kea

By Robert Stephens, Project Coordinator, Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Project January 28, 2014, 7 a.m., Hilo, Hawai’i: As the field crew of the Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Project (MKFRP) drove up the rough dirt roads in the Mauna Kea Forest Reserve and parked on Skyline Road—10,300 feet high on the… Read more >>

Sep 16

From the Field

Millerbird Drama: Season Finale on Laysan Island

August 26 – September 8, 2013 Andrea Kristof The Millerbirds’ fourth breeding wave of the 2013 season continued through our last days on Laysan Island, reflecting the incredible success of our project to ensure a future for this endangered species. Twenty-three pairs are currently displaying breeding behavior ranging from nest… Read more >>

Sep 03

From the Field

Multi-tasking Millerbird Parents

August 12-25, 2013 Megan Dalton For most of the last two weeks, we did not find any new Millerbird chicks, so our tally for the 2013 breeding season was stuck at 48. However, due to a very sneaky, very busy pair in the territory on the southern side of the… Read more >>

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 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 >>