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2/18/09 - Saddle Road

Posted Thursday 19th February 2009 at 04:34 by bkrownd
They've started bulldozing native forest for the expansion of Saddle Road on the windward side. More destruction, more invasive weeds, more pavement, more trash, and more Federal money in the contractors' pockets. All so people can drive 90 MPH to the beach in Konafornia.

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2/16/09 - Pu'u Maka'ala NAR, Army Road

Posted Tuesday 17th February 2009 at 20:34 by bkrownd
Due to a kitchen disaster that kept me up all night I got a very late start on Sunday. Wouldn't you know it but Sunday finally had wonderful Powerline Road weather, and I wasn't able to make use of it. Nope, I had to settle for a quick trip to Pu'u Maka'ala NAR. I decided to hunt a new area for ferns, and stick close to the road. I was particularly interested in finding new filmy ferns. There were just a few distinct species - I'll need to try a wetter area I guess. The area I covered had...
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2/15/09 - Mauna Kea Forest Reserve (Halepohaku)

Posted Tuesday 17th February 2009 at 18:20 by bkrownd
Saturday's weather was rainy all over the windward side, so I ended up going all the way up to the Halepohaku area of Mauna Kea Forest Reserve to get above the clouds. Unfortunately it was very windy up there, but at least the weather was cool and stable.

I followed transect 109 up to Halepohaku and counted birds at several of the middle stations. There were predictably few birds due to the wind. On top were roughly equal numbers of 'amakihi and Japanese white-eye. There were...
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2/14/09 - Pu'u Maka'ala NAR

Posted Sunday 15th February 2009 at 07:58 by bkrownd
Updated Sunday 15th February 2009 at 08:03 by bkrownd
The storms moved on and I was finally able to have a good day out. I went up the trail into southwestern Pu'u Maka'ala NAR from Volcano Village, up past Na Lua Mahoe to the Kulani area. The weather was breezy but good. It started raining about 3PM, so I had to cut the day short, but it was still better than forecast.

Down at the bottom there were trays of endangered plants laid out to be planted sometime soon. Some of the rarest were among them, and thankfully the adult plants...
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2/11/09 - Kulani-Keauhou Bird Survey

Posted Thursday 12th February 2009 at 19:16 by bkrownd
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Wednesday I helped (as a secondary) with the Kulani-Keauhou bird survey. We did part of transect 293 in native wet forest, starting at the Keauhou Ranch fenceline and ending on the south face of Kulani Cone. This area should have the rare species, though we were at the lower end of where they're expected, at only about 4700 feet elevation. When I visited in December with the 'christmas bird count' thing there were numerous 'akiapola'au in the koa plantations on the other side of the fenceline,...
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