Entries by Monika

Weird and wacky ‘Akikiki breeding behavior

(From the notebook of seasonal volunteer Liza Olson) One of the highlights (and frustrations) of working with such rare, difficult-to-access species such as ‘Akikiki and ‘Akeke’e has to be the fact that there remains much about their behavior that is still poorly known.  Unlike other birds species, where nest monitoring work has been going on […]

Retraction-The Alaka’i has a nasty side!

(From the notebook of seasonal technician Cody Bear Sutton) On this last trip into the Alaka’i, we were shown a completely different side of the forest! Instead of the bright and sunny Alaka’i that we saw the first time, we met the more normal rainy forest. The trip was made up of wet boots, drenched […]

First trip to the “miraculous” Alaka’i

(From the notebook of seasonal technician Cody Bear Sutton) I think one of the most exciting things in life is adventuring into an unfamiliar wild place. My first trip into the Alaka’i did not disappoint. The group of seasonal workers for KFBRP received their first taste of the Alaka’i this past week and I think […]

Veg survey adventures in the “off” season

(from the notebook of Americorps intern Nicki Ozaki) Breeding season hasn’t started yet, so life has been pretty quiet for us birders so far. Lots of office work and data management, which is quite interesting actually, looking at the data KFBRP has collected over the last several years. But we have had a few trips […]

Surveying for Puaiohi – Streams, streams, and more streams!

(From the notebook of seasonal technician Kevork Babayan) The field season has come to an end and it’s been quite the journey for the “PU Crew.” We’ve spent the vast majority of our time conducting Occupancy Surveys (OS) for Puaiohi along five major streams in the Alaka’i: Mohihi, Waiakoali, Kauaikinana, Koaie, and a stream in […]

The Battle for Nest Material-‘Anianiau vs. ‘Akeke’e

The Battle for Nest Material-‘Anianiau vs. ‘Akeke’e (from the notebook of seasonal volunteer Laura Southcott) This morning, I was checking one of our ‘Akikiki nests and some nearby ‘Elepaio nests close to Halehaha Stream. As I finished up and prepared to go look for new nests, I saw a solitary ‘Akeke’e fly by heading back […]

First ‘Akikiki Nest of 2012 Season

(from the notebook of seasonal volunteer Laura Southcott) The AK team (as we call the people who search for ‘Akikiki and ‘Akeke’e birds and nests) had a successful start to the season last week as they discovered the first ‘Akikiki nest of the year, and the first ‘Akikiki nest of Ruby’s M.S. Thesis. The nest […]

Pueo vs. Peregrine: Round 1 goes to the Peregrine!

(From the notebook of seasonal technician Alex Wang) Anyone who has found themselves too close to a nest of a Peregrine Falcon will never forget the cantankerous Kack-Kack-Kack-Kack scream they can utter. But this species is not found on Kaua’i. Thus I was quite surprised to hear this unmistakable call while hiking along the Wainiha […]