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6/21/09 - Upper Waiakea Forest Reserve, Road R

Posted Monday 22nd June 2009 at 23:26 by bkrownd
Updated Tuesday 23rd June 2009 at 04:00 by bkrownd
Sunday I went back to Road R with an entomologist, and we looked at all the interesting native plants again, particularly trying to puzzle out the cyrtandras. He caught a lot of native flies along the way, particularly around rotting clermontia branches, and it was interesting to learn about all of them.

Despite wonderful weather I don't recall if I heard a single 'apapane all day! Typical 10 minute bird counts were 4-5 Japanese white-eye, 2 'oma'o, 2 'elepaio, 1 northern cardinal....
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6/20/09 - Upper Waiakea Forest Reserve, Road R

Posted Sunday 21st June 2009 at 07:49 by bkrownd
Just putting in a short entry until I get time to fill it in. It was another rainy day, and I waited until noon to leave for the forest again. It rained the whole time, and was a bit breezy. I went up to Road R to check on my usual rare plants and search for more.

I found a couple modestly rare plants...and the second on was nearly my un-doing. :) I found another stenogyne scrophularioides near the ones I knew already, then as I was wacking some weeds I noticed a big nasty...
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6/18/09 - Upper Waiakea Forest Reserve, Diagonal Northeast Trail

Posted Friday 19th June 2009 at 07:41 by bkrownd
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Today was very wet, and even a bit windy at times. I was really beat in the morning from not sleeping enough recently, and didn't get up to the forest until nearly 2 PM! I almost turned around on the way up because the rainfall was so heavy halfway up Stainback Highway, but fortunately inertia was firmly in control and I made it to my destination. It was just a steady sprinkle up around 3500-4000 feet.

I chose the diagonal northeast trail off the North side of Stainback Highway...
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6/14/09 - Upper Waiakea Forest Reserve, Road R

Posted Wednesday 17th June 2009 at 20:50 by bkrownd
I was pooped out by Sunday. After sleeping in all I could manage was a short trip to Road R off of Stainback Highway.

I started off with more of my experimental ginger removal in an area where ginger has taken over the bulldozed road and is threatening to move into an adjacent isolated pocket of wonderful native wet forest understory. It's a nasty muddy mess ripping out all the ginger rizomes at first, but I'm hoping that at some point only spot removal will be necessary. It...
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6/13/09 - Leeward Kohala, Luahine Gulch

Posted Wednesday 17th June 2009 at 19:34 by bkrownd
Saturday was a Kohala Watershed Partnership volunteer day, planting koaia around Luahine Gulch in the forest restoration corridor on leeward Kohala. We also watered numerous previous plantings and removed passiflora vines. Little exploration, though. This was at the very lower end of the remnant forest in the gulches. Birds were limited to Erckel's francolin (several), wild turkey (one), Japanese white-eye, house finch, sky lark, and one or two 'amakihi.
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