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2/8/09 - Kipuka Ki, Kipuka Puaulu & Pu'u Maka'ala NAR

Posted Monday 9th February 2009 at 06:09 by bkrownd
Updated Monday 9th February 2009 at 09:13 by bkrownd
Another day wasted by highly unstable weather. It was raining all the way up to Volcano this morning, so for a second time I had to abandon my plan of scouting Wednesday's bird survey transect near Kulani. On the leeward side of Kilauea I found that the weather was only an occasional misting in Kipuka Ki in the volcano park, and decided to check on native plants there. I wandered from Kipuka Ki down to Kipuka Puaulu. As noon approached occasional rumbles of thunder came from the far side of...
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2/7/09 - Pu'u Maka'ala NAR & Kipuka Puaulu

Posted Sunday 8th February 2009 at 06:32 by bkrownd
Today I hoped to go up to explore the bird survey transect I'll be helping with on Wednesday, near Kulani. I got a bit of a late start due to fatigue from loss of sleep and pounding down the mountainside during the palila survey. I went up from Volcano Village and quickly reached the redwoods about noon.

Unfortunately, after a short rest at redwood corner a sudden freak thunderstorm moved in, and the thunder began as if on cue as I started to move up the fenceline toward the transect....
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Palila Survey, Feb. 2-5, 2009 (Warning, big photos)

Posted Friday 6th February 2009 at 20:25 by bkrownd
I got back from the 2009 Palila survey yesterday. The weather was absolutely perfect for the counts, and we were able to do all transects in the current (wild) palila range, from Kamakoa Gulch to Waikahalulu Gulch. The population estimate should be among the most reliable of any ever measured during the annual survey.

The short summary is that the counts were significantly lower than last year. Without a statistical fluke we expect that the population model will show a sixth...
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2/1/09 - Kipuka 'Ainahou

Posted Monday 2nd February 2009 at 06:44 by bkrownd
I slept in and got up late. I did the easy thing and went to Pu'u O'o Trail. Tons of sheep out there today. There were also a couple of tourists with Pratt's ooooold field guide, who wanted to know what was extinct and what wasn't. I did not hear the creeper, but I only gave it about a half hour. I found 3-4 'akiapola'au scattered about, all of them as I was trying to hurry out. Nothing unusual.

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1/31/09 - Ka'ohe GMA, Mauna Kea

Posted Monday 2nd February 2009 at 06:25 by bkrownd
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I tried my best to get up at 0-dark-30 AM so I could cross the Saddle to Ka'ohe GMA before dawn. Well, I was about an hour late, but "local dawn" over the limb of the mountain did occur while I was stuffing my backpack at the parking area. Lots of frost on the ground. The traffic at Ka'ohe GMA was quite light. There were a few hunters and 4WDers around, and a DOCARE officer. Lots of evidence of sheep, and I saw a small herd of about 7.

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