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1/10/09 - TNC Kaiholena Preserve, Ka'u

Posted Sunday 11th January 2009 at 10:01 by bkrownd
Updated Friday 16th January 2009 at 16:31 by bkrownd
Saturday was volunteer day at The Nature Conservancy's Kaiholena preserve in Ka'u, pulling invasive melastomes in the pasture at the base of Kaiholena. A storm system has moved in just in time for the weekend, so it was a very wet day out there, and I was unable to do any further outing afterwards.

At the base of Kaiholena is a grove of banana trees that are apparently descended from one of the original banana stocks brought by early settlers nearly 1000 years ago. TNC is considering...
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1/8/09 - Ka'ohe GMA & Mauna Kea Forest Reserve

Posted Friday 9th January 2009 at 19:47 by bkrownd
Updated Friday 16th January 2009 at 16:30 by bkrownd
Since Thursday was my day off, naturally it was extremely rainy. Fortunately I was up pretty early and was able to make the long trip to the dry leeward side of Mauna Kea. I went up through Ka'ohe GMA to Pu'u La'au, and then did the whole loooong R-10 loop above the old cabin. I didn't really intend to go as long as I did, but I had forgotten how high the South side of the loop went before it joined R-10! I ended up at Hosmer's conifer grove (Google Maps) just below treeline and ran out of time...
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1/4/09 - Kipuka 'Ainahou

Posted Monday 5th January 2009 at 20:16 by bkrownd
Updated Friday 16th January 2009 at 16:27 by bkrownd
Sunday was very misty and wet. I didn't really want to go all the way to the "dry" side of Mauna Kea, so I just stopped at Pu'u O'o Trail to try to count birds. Fortunately the wetness diminished throughout the day, and the cloud layer even retreated downslope right at sunset. Despite the wetness, the counting went pretty well. Common native birds and invasives were in expected numbers. The rain seems to have chased off some of the Japanese white-eyes. I did not hear the creeper,...
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1/3/09 - Pu'u Maka'ala NAR

Posted Monday 5th January 2009 at 20:03 by bkrownd
Updated Friday 16th January 2009 at 16:28 by bkrownd
Saturday was a very wet day. I did a short outing on the abandoned section of Stainback Highway that I have been calling "Road S" because it is the next thing after Road R. The bird density is much higher than it was in the summer, with lots of common birds. I wandered around the extremely pig-damaged area between the abandoned road and the current highway, cutting up weeds and looking for interesting native plants. This area has unusually thick soil which is attracting both pigs and...
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12/31/08-1/2/09 - Pu'u 'O 'Umi NAR (Windward Kohala)

Posted Saturday 3rd January 2009 at 04:11 by bkrownd
Updated Friday 16th January 2009 at 16:29 by bkrownd
I spent three days on the upper windward slopes of Kohala, in some of the wettest cloudforest on the island. We were cutting invasive ginger and learning about the state of Kohala's ecosystems. The boggy landscape varies between short thick wind-blasted windward slope scrub forests, sheltered deep ravines with a taller and much more varied flora, and weird mossy leeward slope forests. All except the steepest slopes were growing out of a generous spongy sphagnum bog layer up to several feet deep....
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