Hawaiian Stilt Breeding Season

Hawaiian Stilt Breeding Season

For the past several months I have been looking for Aeʻo or Hawaiian Stilts in the marshes and wetlands of windward Oʻahu. The Hawaiian Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus knudseni) or Aeʻo in Hawaiian, is one of five subspecies of Black-Necked Stilt.  Eons ago, a flock of...
Mōlī Nesting Season

Mōlī Nesting Season

For the past several weeks, I have been hiking to Kaʻena Point — the western most tip of Oʻahu — to see Mōlī or Laysan Albatross during nesting season. Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis) are large pelagic seabirds that range over the North...
‘Ihi‘ihilauakea Crater at Hanauma Bay

‘Ihi‘ihilauakea Crater at Hanauma Bay

I joined the Hawaii Audubon Society for a service project to weed and care for several patches of ‘ihi‘ihilauakea — a rare endangered endemic fern — at Hanauma Bay. It was a beautiful morning when about 25 of us met at the picnic tables under the ki‘awe...
ʻAlae ʻUla Breeding Season

ʻAlae ʻUla Breeding Season

For the past several months, I have been hiking in and around the marshes and wetlands of windward Oʻahu looking for ʻalae ʻula or Hawaiian moorhen. The Hawaiian Moorhen, also known as the Hawaiian gallinule or mudhen (Gallinula chloropus sandvicensis) is one of 12...
Kioea at Kahuku

Kioea at Kahuku

For the past month, I have been looking for Kioea or Bristle-Thighed Curlew in the ponds at James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge and in the surrounding sand dunes at Kahuku. Kioea (Numenius tahitiensis) are migratory shorebirds that live in Hawaiʻi and other...
ʻUaʻu Kani at Kūpikipikiʻō

ʻUaʻu Kani at Kūpikipikiʻō

I went to Kūpikipikiʻō to see wedge-tailed shearwaters towards the end of breeding season. Located along the southern edge of Black Point, Kūpikipikiʻō is one of a handful of breeding colonies of ʻuaʻu kani or wedge-tailed shearwaters (Puffinus pacificus) on Oʻahu....