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5/20/08 - Kipuka 21 and Powerline Road

Posted Thursday 22nd May 2008 at 08:52 by bkrownd
Updated Thursday 22nd May 2008 at 08:55 by bkrownd
I went to a presentation on the status of the nature trail and native forest restoration at Kipuka 21. This included information about the 'akepa and Hawai'i creeper that were removed from the captive breeding program at Keauhou rare bird conservation center and released in Kipuka 21 last autumn. Apparently both 'akepa and creeper took to their new environment well, though they didn't present any details about whether any stuck around or which ones still show up. Apparently they put up some nest...
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5/18/08 - Powerline Road

Posted Monday 19th May 2008 at 10:48 by bkrownd
Updated Monday 19th May 2008 at 21:37 by bkrownd
I got a late start on Powerline Road. Fortunately the clouds started forming over the saddle just as I arrived, saving me from compounding yesterday's sunburn. It never rained, so I was able to stay out past sunset, but stayed near the road and trail.

'Apapane counts were a bit down, but (like yesterday) i'iwi were down too. Also very few white-eyes, thankfully.

At the good kipuka 3 miles in I got 'akepa and 'akiapola'au along the road in the first 8 minute...
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5/17/08 - Pu'u 'O 'Umi NAR and Pu'u O'o Trail

Posted Monday 19th May 2008 at 10:15 by bkrownd
Saturday was a Kohala Watershed Partnership volunteer day. We pulled a lot of banana poka in the gulch that's on the boundary of the new leeward reforestation strip. Afterwards we hiked up to the 'eke ridge area. It was an unusually clear day, so not only did we see the summit of Kohala, but we actually saw blue sky behind it! Very unusual. All the usual Kohala birds were present in small numbers, with the exception of i'iwi.

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5/16/08 - Upper Waiakea Forest Reserve

Posted Monday 19th May 2008 at 10:06 by bkrownd
After a lazy morning I spent a lazy afternoon checking all my favorite plants around Road R, off of Stainback Highway. The only interesting thing I found to photo were some interesting and mysterious yellow structures on the flowering stalks of my favorite cyanea. I examined some fallen leaves from the zanthoxylum tree near the cyanea enclosure, which have a very nice soft lemony aroma when crushed, which is more subtle than the whopping citrus aroma of some 'alani leaves. I observed several...
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5/10/08 - Honomalino

Posted Monday 12th May 2008 at 20:38 by bkrownd
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Nature Conservancy volunteer day, planting native understory in former pasture lands. I planted 'a'ali'i, mamane, kolea, kopiko, pilo, mamaki, ho'awa, 'oha wai, and phyllostegia florabunda. Only the last one is fairly rare.

The western slope of Mauna Kea is often referred to as the greatest concentration of 'amakihi on the island, but at this moment the 'amakihi seem far more densely concentrated about 4500 feet elevation in Honomalino than I've ever seen on the western slope of...
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