|Photos by Paula L. Hartzell|
|Honu on East Island. We counted a remarkable 412 basking turtles at one time on East Island on Thursday this week. Photo by Paula L. Hartzell.|
|ʻEwaʻewa (sooty tern). Now multiply this by 133,000 on an island a half mile long by a quarter mile wide. Now imagine each and every one pecking your head and ankles. :-) Photo by Paula L. Hartzell.|
The last Tristram’s storm petrel fledged from artificial nest boxes this week! FWS Volunteer Sarah Youngren has documented a strong relationship in patterns in weight gain and loss immediately prior to fledging, allowing us to accurately identify when a chick is ready to fledge. We have made enormous strides in development of consistent, replicable, quantitative method for monitoring TRSP; we have vastly reduced the number of human-crushed burrows; and look forward to development of adult population monitoring next year, thanks to Sarah’s hard work over then last two years – and on into next year. Good work, Sarah!
BUILDING NEWS: FWS Volunteer has constructed a new shade-house on the back-porch, and is adding a roof to our front porch. The shade-house will be used to grow native plants, which is sorely needed to give a boost to the shrubs on Tern Island. Birds need the shrubs for nesting habitat, shade, and to consolidate soil around burrows. Thanks, Curt, for getting all this built!
|ʻĀ (red-footed booby) chick and its parent squash in for room on the nest. Photo by Sarah Youngren.|
|Photo by Paula L. Hartzell.|
|Laughing kaʻupu. (Black-footed albatross.) The chicks have their adult feathers on their bodies now, and getting some pretty funny hairstyles up top.|
|Brown booby contemplates a fine day off of East Island. Photo by Mark Sullivan.|
|Lindsey Kramer (top) and Mark Sullivan (bottom) waiting for coral to spawn.|
|Sometimes you just have to step on your family..... An adult masked booby protects its chick. Some might say masked boobies are a little overprotective -- A snowsuit in the tropics?! Photo by Paula L. Hartzell.|