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9/7-18/2009 - Waikamoi Rare Bird Search

Posted Saturday 19th September 2009 at 04:56 by bkrownd
Updated Thursday 1st October 2009 at 23:32 by bkrownd
I just finished two weeks of bird surveys in The Nature Conservancy's Waikamoi Preserve on East Maui, part of Haleakala Ranch, just below Haleakala National Park. We were searching the area between Waikamoi Gulch and Pi'ina'au Gulch for 'akohekohe and Maui parrotbill, and noting foraging group sizes of 'alauahio. We walked transects daily in a small section of the Waikamoi Preserve between Ko'olau Gap and Waikamoi Gulch. In the evening I spent the last hour of daylight searching for interesting...
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9/5/09 - Ka'ohe GMA, West slope of Mauna Kea

Posted Sunday 6th September 2009 at 06:07 by bkrownd
Updated Sunday 6th September 2009 at 08:33 by bkrownd
Saturday dawned with a heaping helping of rain and fog. This is my last free day before bird surveys on Maui, so it was very disappointing. I watched some football and headed out a bit late. I needed to practice bird counts, so I had to head all the way to the leeward slope of Mauna Kea to find dry weather where I could count and practice with my laser rangefinder. IIRC, I haven't been to Ka'ohe GMA since the end of the palila survey in early February. I've been so busy searching for rare plants...
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9/4/09 - Halepohaku

Posted Saturday 5th September 2009 at 05:16 by bkrownd
Updated Saturday 5th September 2009 at 05:23 by bkrownd
On the way down from the summit this afternoon I stopped to take photos of flowering native plants in the alpine scrub zone. This area just above the mamane forest treeline above the Mauna Kea visitor center has a very distinctive flora. Neglecting weeds, the most numerous plants are pili grass, pamakani ,'ohelo, pukiawe and nohoanu. There are also less common species mixed in, such as pawale, silene, 'ena 'ena, and both na'ena'e. Pamakani and na'ena'e are nearing the end of their flowering...
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9/3/09 - TNC Honomalino

Posted Friday 4th September 2009 at 20:00 by bkrownd
Thursday was a planting day at the Nature Conservancy preserve at Honomalino. We planted mau'u la'ili (sisyrinchium acre) haiwale (cyrtandra menziesii), 'oha wai (clermontia clermontioides) and phyllostegia floribunda. We also checked plantings of cyanea hamatiflora and delissea undulata in the nearby State forest reserve for flowers. Cyanea were not flowering, but delissea were. More loulu (pritchardia schattaueri) will be planted this month, as well.

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8/29-30/09 - North of Saddle Road 19mm Area

Posted Monday 31st August 2009 at 19:26 by bkrownd
Updated Monday 31st August 2009 at 20:37 by bkrownd
The weather this weekend was unpredictable. The forecast was fairly average, but Saturday and Sunday were vastly different. Saturday was very wet, with fog and variable drizzle on the Saddle. I got a very late start after hearing the rain pound on the roof in the morning, only getting up to the Saddle at noon. On Sunday the forecast was the same, but instead it was partly cloudy, pleasantly cool and dry. I got an 8AM start on Sunday. I stayed out until dark both days, leaving at 7PM.
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