Nov 17

From the Field

From the Underbelly: Spotting Millerbirds on Laysan

The Millerbird's secretive nature and the dense, bushy habitat they inhabit makes it a challenge to spot the tiny birds.… Read more >>

Apr 10

From the Field

Mysterious Millerbird: Undercover Footage of Laysan's Little Songbirds

by Megan Dalton Since intensive monitoring of the translocated Millerbird population on Laysan came to an end last fall, I’ve been wrapping up some office work which has included reviewing photos and videos from my two field seasons on-island. Video clips of endangered Millerbirds and Laysan Finches obtained from a… Read more >>

Nov 06

From the Field

There and Back Again: To Laysan with Love

October 30, 2014 | By Megan Dalton It’s a little surreal. September on Laysan just flew by, then we all left the island, and now I’m sitting at my desk at home in Salt Lake City, tapping away at the computer, not needing to swat at the previously omnipresent flies… Read more >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Apr 12

From the Field

Return to Laysan

8 April 2013 Michelle Wilcox Editor’s Note: This post resumes our series with scientists on Hawai’i’s Laysan Island in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, where they are following up on a multiyear effort to establish a population of the critically endangered Millerbird. Two translocations of Millerbirds from Nihoa Island to… Read more >>