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2/23/08 - Pu'u 'O 'Umi NAR

Posted Sunday 24th February 2008 at 07:13 by bkrownd
Today was a volunteer day in North Kohala, clearing ginger and banana poka. We stopped at the koaia tree sanctuary on the way up the mountain, and I got photos of a few new speciesfor my plant gallery. We only worked on the edges of the cattle pastures, though, so no new discoveries. Unfortunately there weren't any stinkhorns in the pastures this time.
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2/22/08 - Upper Waiakea Forest Reserve

Posted Saturday 23rd February 2008 at 08:48 by bkrownd
Updated Saturday 23rd February 2008 at 08:52 by bkrownd
I took the westward trail off of Road R again, hoping to do the whole thing for once, and finally discover where it goes. This time I saw several plants that I had completely missed before! There was even a reasonably large cyanea tritomantha I had passed several times without noticing until today! This is obviously a hunting trail, evidenced by the amount of over-exhuberant machete butchering of innocent plants along the way, but it's very odd how many rare plants are right at the edges of this...
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2/18/08 - Pu'u Maka'ala NAR

Posted Tuesday 19th February 2008 at 08:33 by bkrownd
Updated Tuesday 19th February 2008 at 08:38 by bkrownd
I'm just not a morning person - didn't get up to the forest reserve before noon on any of the last three days. Much of that was due to staying up extremely late at night to process and post so many new photos to my PBASE galleries every day. :) Fortunately, the exceptionally dry weather allowed me to stay out until dark every day in the "wet" forest.

So...I checked another new trail off my to-do list in grand style! Since the sky was unusually clear I decided to risk...
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2/17/08 - Upper Waiakea Forest Reserve

Posted Monday 18th February 2008 at 08:41 by bkrownd
I'm doing poorly at getting out of bed in the morning, so today was another short afternoon outing off of Stainback Highway, around Road R. Off-trial I found 2 more nice big tetraplasandra trees. I've never see a young tetraplasandra, so I worry about them. Found a kilioe, which is a first for the area. Found 5 spots with 1-3 phyllostegia floribunda each, in about 600 meters of wandering through the forest. That's encouraging since I thought they were quite rare.
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2/16/08 - Pu'u Maka'ala NAR

Posted Monday 18th February 2008 at 08:31 by bkrownd
I spent the afternoon on the same section of old abandoned road/trail along Stainback Highway. I found a couple of new tetraplasandra trees, and a phyllostegia along a hunting trail. Lots of snails, including one with a spiral shell I hadn't seen before. I also got some pix of drosophila that live on cyrtrandra platyphylla.
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