Join us for our 2020 Annual Blessing and Conservation Workday!

*****************IMPORTANT********************
To be able to ride down to the Pohaku Site in our state vehicles you MUST fill out this form and submit to us by 3/4/2020! https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/volunteer/files/2013/06/DLNR-Volunteer-Service-Form.pdf
It is also ok to drive in your private vehicle to the pohaku hula site.

Join us in Kōke`e for a spring season blessing and a conservation workday.
Ka `Imi Na`auao o Hawai`i Nei Institute, the Kaua`i Forest Bird Recovery Project, Kōke`e Resource Conservation Program and the Kaua`i Invasive Species Committee invite you to participate in the blessing, followed by a few hours of clearing invasive species from the historic site known as Pōhaku Hula. Information will be provided for decontamination of equipment and boots for rapid ōhi`a death fungus.

Meet at the pavilion at Kōke`e Kanaloahuluhulu Meadow at 8:30 am on Wednesday, March 11th to 4-wheel-drive-pool to the Pōhaku Hula site. Bring lunch, water, work gloves, rain gear, small yard cleaning tools, and wear covered shoes or boots. Kōkua i nā mea kanu maoli!

Photo Credit: Mike Teruya

Join us for the Christmas Bird Count

Join KFBRP for the Annual Christmas Bird Count and Potluck. December 21st, 2019. Meet in the meadow next to Koke’e Lodge.

Saving ‘Ohi’a, Hawaii’s Sacred Tree now Showing

HILO – The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) announces the release of “Saving ʻŌhiʻa, Hawaii’s Sacred Tree,” a new half-hour documentary on Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death, the disease that is killing ʻōhiʻa lehua, Hawaii’s most widespread and important native tree.

Funded through a grant from the Hawaiʻi Invasive Species Council, this film features some of the researchers and resource managers grappling with this new disease, and community members describing their emotional and cultural relationships with ʻōhiʻa.

A grant from the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority will support three screenings of the video on Hawaiʻi Island, including the premiere at the Palace Theater in Hilo at 6:30 p.m. on August 4.

With DLNR DOFAW assistance, the video will also be broadcast on local network affiliates statewide in August and September.  The video was produced by Club Sullivan, with assistance from the Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death strategic response team.  For more information on Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death, visit www.RapidOhiaDeath.org.

See “Saving ʻŌhiʻa” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at:

August 4 Palace Theater, Hilo

August 17 Kahilu Theatre, Waimea

August 31 Aloha Theatre, Kealakekua

 

Check your television guide for other broadcast dates, times, and channels.

Cali with bird

Saving the Jewels of the Forest, May 14th, Science at Your Library

Cali with birdMark your calendar for May 14th, 2018. Dr. Lisa “Cali” Crampton will be presenting, “Saving the Jewels of the Forest” at your local library.

Isolated from parent gene flow, and encountering a myriad of novel niches on this topographically and climatically diverse island, the ancestor of Kauai’s forest birds evolved into a tremendously diverse and spectacular assemblage of species.  However, humans colonizing the island destroyed bird habitat and introduced many alien species, including invasive plants, non-native mammalian predators, and avian diseases carried by introduced mosquitoes. Since then, several forest bird species have gone extinct, and those that remain live only in the most pristine mountain areas, including three endangered species each numbering fewer than 1000 birds. Their precarious existence is further threatened by climate change, which will bring warmer and drier weather to Kauai, thus accelerating disease transmission and further degrading bird habitat. In this lecture, Dr. Lisa “Cali” Crampton will discuss evolution, endangerment, and conservation of these “jewels of the forest”.

Dr. Lisa Crampton (“Cali”) has been the Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project’s Leader since April 2010, overseeing research into the ecology and conservation of Kauai’s native forest birds. She obtained her Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology from the University of Nevada at Reno in December 2004. Her first professional experience in Hawaii was at the USGS Kilauea Field Station on Hawai’i Island, where she analyzed field data on the endangered Laysan teal to improve monitoring and management strategies implemented by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Subsequently, for the US Forest Service, she analyzed impacts of recreation on wildlife in the Sierra Nevada before finding her way back to Hawai’i in her current capacity.

Kauai Forest Bird Research and Conservation

Help KFBRP Flag Transects in Koke’e on Sunday, April 8th

If you need an excuse to hike your favorite trail in Koke’e, meet us in the meadow fronting Koke’e museum at 9am on Sunday April 8th. Please bring rain gear, lunch, and water. You will be working independently using a GPS to help refresh the flagging on the transects for the upcoming surveys. If you need more info, please contact us. Hope to see you there!

KRCP Work Day & Hawaiian Blessing February 28, 2018

The annual Hawaiian Blessing and invasive species work day is coming up. Please mark your calendars for this event and get ready to help us remove invasive weeds. Don’t forget to bring long pants and lots of water.

Akikiki photo credit Jack Jeffreys

Voices of Climate Change and Conservation: A Panel Discussion January 9th, 2018

The National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) and Kaua‘i Community College (KCC) partnership continues in January 2018 with first event in their collaborative Earth Matters Public Lecture Series.

On Tuesday, January 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the KCC Campus Center Cafeteria, join a panel of seven experts for Voices of Climate Change and Conservation: A Panel Discussion. Representing decades of professional experience and diverse backgrounds in science and environmental policy and planning, the panel will examine the connections between climate change and conservation in Hawai‘i.

Issues like coral bleaching, coastal erosion, sea level rise, and drought will be discussed as they relate to rare plant and bird conservation, invasive species, the protection of watersheds, forests, and marine ecosystems. The panel will also address threats to man-made and natural coastal environments and efforts to create a more sustainable future for Hawai‘i.

The panel includes:

Dr. Chuck Blay, Sedimentary Geologist

Dr. Lisa “Cali” Crampton, Kaua‘i Forest Bird Recovery Project, Project Leader

Katie Nalasere, Hawai‘i Department of Aquatic Resources

Ruby Pap, Coastal Land Use Extension Agent, University of Hawai‘i, Sea Grant College Program

Dr. Maggie Sporck-Koehler, Statewide Research Botanist, Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife

Ben Sullivan, Kaua‘i County Energy & Sustainability Coordinator

Jan TenBruggencate, Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative

The Earth Matters public lecture series is being offered at the KCC Campus Center Cafeteria (behind the Performing Arts Center), Kaua‘i Community College, 3-1901 Kaumuali‘i Hwy., Līhu‘e, Hawai‘i. For questions about accessibility or to request special accommodations, please contact: Margaret Clark at (808) 332-7324 Ext 225 at least ten days in advance.

Earth Matters is one of many collaborations between the National Tropical Botanical Garden and Kaua‘i Community College. Both NTBG and KCC share a common goal of quality education to truly change lives. NTBG is a not-for-profit institution, headquartered in Kalāheo. KCC, which is part of the University of Hawai‘i system, operates a large campus in Līhu‘e.

Voice of Climate Change