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1/19/09 - Pu'u Maka'ala NAR

Posted Tuesday 20th January 2009 at 18:25 by bkrownd
Expecting calm weather, I went up to Volcano Village to do the muddy slog up to Kulani and continue my exploration of the Western end of Pu'u Maka'ala NAR. The weather was mostly overcast with only about an hour of sprinkles in the afternoon. I walked the entire fenceline perimiter of the Na Lua Mahoe and Lava Flow units, and followed other fencelines that separate Pu'u Maka'ala NAR from the 'Ola'a unit of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. When I came to "the point of no return" at the...
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1/18/09 - Powerline Road

Posted Monday 19th January 2009 at 07:33 by bkrownd
After the long volunteer day I slept in a tiny bit. When I woke up the sky was clear, so there was no doubt I'd be going to Powerline Road. It turned out to be a short day because of my late start and the drizzle that set in about 2PM.

I did my usual bird counts. It was quiet in the grassy and scrubby forests, and on the lava fields. The birds were concentrated in the larger kipukas. Counts were not particularly high. I heard 1+ 'akiapola'au and 1 Hawai'i creeper in the...
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1/17/09 - Waiakamali Gulch, North Kohala & Kipuka 'Ainahou

Posted Monday 19th January 2009 at 07:18 by bkrownd
Saturday was a volunteer day for the Kohala Watershed Partnership. We were planting native understory plants in the reforestation strip between Waiakamali Gulch and Lauhine Gulch. We planted a nice variety of things in small numbers, including a couple of endangered plants. I also kept an eye out for any interesting plants in the gulch, but I couldn't get near the most interesting plants to investigate because of the cliffs. (which is what saved them from being cattle food) There is a surprisingly...
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1/15/09 - Ka'ohe GMA, Mauna Kea

Posted Friday 16th January 2009 at 07:50 by bkrownd
Updated Saturday 17th January 2009 at 02:16 by bkrownd
Today I went to the West slope of Mauna Kea to practice for the upcoming palila survey. For the first time I did the whole circuit of R-1, R-13 and R-14, which makes a loop around the core of upper Ka'ohe GMA. There was only one other person out there today. The weather was really weird. The wind started strong out of the West, causing odd cloud banks over the mountains. It shifted from the South during the day, and by evening it was coming out of the East. The clouds were welcome shade, never...
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1/11/09 - Upper Waiakea Forest Reserve

Posted Monday 12th January 2009 at 07:15 by bkrownd
Updated Friday 16th January 2009 at 16:31 by bkrownd
Some "weather" was on the way through the islands today, so I had to be conservative with my choice of outing. I went to the diagonal northeast road off of Stainback Highway, to check on some of the rare plants and try to do some bird counts. The morning weather tried to trick me by starting out clear, and if I had got up sooner I may have been tempted to go out on the Saddle. Fortunately I didn't, because as I put on my boots the clouds piled in fast. There was a brief shower before...
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