Saturday January 21, 2017
USDA Forest Service Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry
60 Nowelo St., Hilo, HI
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Guest Speaker: Bryce Masuda, Hawai‘i Endangered Bird Conservation Program, San Diego Zoo
“Releasing the ‘Alala”
Membership required; applications will be available at the event, $25 for individuals and $35 for families
Recent Past Events
The year 2015 marked the 30th anniversary of the Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge. In honor of the anniversary, the Friends of Hakalau Forest have established an endowment to support critical management projects on the Refuge. To celebrate the anniversary and raise funds for the endowment, the Friends have planned a fundraising event on April 15, 2016 6:00 to 9:30 pm to be held at the University of Hawaii at Hilo Dining Hall at 200 West Kawili Street, Hilo. The event is free but you must be a member to attend. Join now or bring a checkbook and membership application to the event! There will be food and short talks on the history of the refuge, forest restoration, and success in maintaining populations of the native birds. There will also be a live auction of art celebrating native Hawaiian wildlife. Please contact us to let us know if you are coming by April 4th.
Spring Open House April 16th at the Refuge CANCELLED
Because of ongoing and worsening concerns about Rapid Ohia Death, the Refuge announced today that the Open House scheduled for April 16th will be cancelled. While there are no confirmed cases of Rapid Ohia Death on the Refuge, the staff are currently re-evaluating all activities on the Refuge to minimize the danger that the disease will be introduced.
For more on Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death see www.rapidohiadeath.org
Annual Membership Meeting: Saturday January 16th 2:00 pm
USDA Forest Service Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry conference room
‘Alalā were last observed in the wild on Hawai‘i Island in 2002. After intensive and successful captive breeding and forest restoration efforts, this endemic species will be released back into the wild starting in Fall 2016. Learn about plans for the exciting release and restoration of this rare bird.
Rapid 'Ōhi'a Death: Why it is Important
What you can do (and avoid doing!) to help
J. B. Friday
Extension Forester, University of Hawai'i
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 6:00 pm
Mokuopāpapa Discovery Center, 76 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo, HI
Rapid 'Ōhi'a Death is a new disease that has killed hundreds of thousands of 'ōhi'a trees over tens of thousands of acres of forest in East Hawai'i. The disease threatens not only 'ōhi'a lehua but all the native plants and birds that inhabit the forest. Lean what the disease is, what the symptoms look like, and what efforts are underway to stop its spread. (Hint: see www.rapidohiadeath.org)
Birdlife of the leeward Hawaiian Islands
by Michelle Reynolds, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Tuesday August 25, 2015 7:00 pm
Mokupapapa Discovery Center, 76 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo, Hawaii
Dr. Reynolds will cover biology and ecology of bird species that are endemic to the Leeward Hawaiian Islands and and efforts to restore their populations Reynolds is a researcher with the United State Geological Service Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center. Her principal area of research with the USGS is the biology of the Laysan Duck and other bird species in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands.
Male Laysan duck on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge Photo by: E.J. Peiker/Nature Photographer accompanied by USGS Biologist Michelle Reynolds
Spring Open House at the Refuge April 18th, 2015