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  • Fostering public understanding, enjoyment, and conservation of the natural and cultural resources of the Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge and its surrounding ecosystems;
  • Providing volunteer assistance on important Refuge projects;
  • Working with elected officials in support of the Refuge mission, and
  • Raising funds to help support the purposes and goals of the Refuge.


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Life on the Edge: The amazing marine animals I've met at low tide

Aug, 3, 2017, Thursday

TIME:   7:00 pm

PLACE:  Mokupapapa Discovery Center, 76 Kamehameha Ave.,  Hilo 

Guest Speaker: Susan Scott

      Ever wonder what the tide pools and space between shore and surf is like?  Or maybe you’ve wanted to know more about the creatures that inhabit this intertidal zone.  Susan Scott may have the answers to some of your questions.

       One of Susan’s favorite activities is walking beaches at low tide because it reveals marine animals that she would never see while scuba diving or snorkeling -- and she doesn’t even have to get wet.  Susan will talk about, and show photos of, some of extraordinary creatures she’s found during low-tide beach walks in Hawai'i, Australia, and other tropical islands.

        Susan, a former registered nurse, earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa and is a graduate of the university’s Marine Options Program.  Since 1987, Susan has written a weekly column called “Ocean Watch” for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, and has written eight books about nature in Hawai'i.

This talk is sponsored by the Friends of Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge and admission is free.


koa planting lines

     Lines of young koa trees extend the forests into the upper pastures. Photo by J. B. Friday. Title bar photos by Jack Jeffrey