Welcome to our new crew on Tern! The Kahana arrived on Monday with the new summer crew: Summer Manager Meg Duhr Schultz, and volunteers Catherine Fox, Ryan Potter, and Megan Juran. The new and old crew will work together over the next 10 days, passing the torch. The winter crew will be leaving when the Kahana comes through on its return trip to Honolulu, and Meg will be taking over the blog.
|Offloading supplies and getting new crew: Left to right: Dan Rapp, Ryan Potter, Morgan Gilmour, and Abram Fleishman. Photo by Sarah Youngren.|
|Basking honu on Tern Island|
|'Old style' metal tag, #G692. We were lucky to happen to see the first female turtle of the season digging high up on the beach, checking out good spots to nest later in the season. She was last seen nesting in 1996 and 2002.|
The only bummer news for this week is that because Paula (the manager) has to go back to Honolulu to work in the office, and won't be staying or returning this summer, the benthic monitoring project we were planning to start this winter (but hadn't yet because we had no working boats) will not be carried out. Of course Paula is very sad to miss out on all the summer actvities (particularly the benthic plate project, as well as helping out the turtle and seal crews), but Meg will be carrying the torch high and proud, and all the other activities will carry on under her guidance.
Dakshina Marlier (USFWS), Abram Fleishman (USFWS), and Morgan Gilmour (UCSC and USFWS) will also be sadly returning to Honolulu, but they have great plans after that! Dakshina will be moving on to a summer biking position in Alaska, and Abram and Morgan have wildlife jobs in California. Morgan may be entering graduate school, and if she gets the permits, returning to Tern next winter to continue tagging albatross and boobies, and working on her dissertation tagging great frigatebirds!
More good news is that Sarah and Dan will be staying on at Tern to work on Paula's data quality project, funded by the USFWS Inventory and Monitoring Project, so we can get some of the 30 years of bird monitoring data. They'll also be able to complete their work on acoustics, plastics, burrowing seabird habitat, working alongside Meg, Megan, Catherine and Ryan. Yeah!!!
|Neighbors. Snorkeling photos by Abram Fleishman.|
|Dakshina Marlier, enjoying the sunset. Photo by Abram Fleishman.|
|Manu o Kū (white tern) feeding its chick. Does anyone know if this is a mahi?|