CITIZEN SCIENCE OPPORTUNITIES
Kolea Count: A Hawaii Audubon Society project
In 2020, Susan Scott, with Dr. Wally Johnson as advisor, launched a community science project to count Kolea via an interactive website, www.koleacount.org
The project has two goals. One is to give Kolea fans a place to record facts, and share stories, about our Islands’ revered native birds. The other is to enlist volunteers throughout the state to record dates and numbers. We are attempting to answer these questions:
When do Kolea arrive in the Islands?
When do the birds leave for Alaska?
How many individuals spend the winter here?
How many spend Kolea over-summer in Hawaii?
Because the summer’s chicks, called first-year birds, can arrive in Hawaii as late as November, and then must secure a foraging site to survive the winter, the actual count starts December 1st and goes through March 31st. In April, the birds may start gathering, and perhaps pairing, for their spring migration.
We’ve divided the census into Little Counts and Big Counts. For details about the two types of counts, please scroll to the bottom of the HOME page and read Kolea Count Guidelines, or go directly to www.koleacount.org/kolea-count-guidelines-a-community-project/
Please bear with us as we work out details of this first-ever, state-wide census. This work-in-progress improves daily as volunteers report facts.
Thank you, plover lovers, for helping add to the world’s knowledge of Hawaii’s Pacific Golden-Plovers.
White Tern, Manu o Kū
Photo Credit: Eric VanderWerf, Pacific Rim Conservation
The Hui Manu-o-Kū is a group of conservationists and citizens that all have one thing in common: an interest and admiration for White Terns, or manu-o-Kū. This group has formed to ensure that the official bird of Honolulu is taken care of and watched after. Manu-o-Kū is a very unique bird, especially for an urban center like Honolulu. We developed a citizen science initiative to help track the growing population in the city. Together, the Hui Manu-o-Kū and citizen scientists will ensure that the population is protected and cared for, so that they continue to thrive in Honolulu.
Volunteer with Hui Manu-o-Kū
There are a variety of ways you can help conserve manu-o-Kū. A citizen scientist can participate in mean incubation counts, report newly discovered nest sites and recently laid eggs in known sites and use photography to document development, behaviors, prey items and more. If you are interested in becoming a citizen scientist you may review the Volunteer Training Packet and begin making observations. http://www.whiteterns.org/citizenscience.html
NOTE: Volunteers will need to sign and submit a HAS Waiver Form.
Citizen Science: In Search of Mosquitoes in Hawai'i
Invasive mosquitoes are a threat to humans and native Hawaiian birds. Avian malaria has led to the extinction of many species and threatens many more. Diseases like dengue and Zika threaten all of us.
Asian Tiger Mosquito (Aedes albopictus) and Yellow Fever Mosquito (Aedes aegypti), carriers of dengue and zika; and Southern House Mosquito (Culex quinquefasciatus), carrier of avian malaria and West Nile Virus.
A number of citizen scientists living in Hawai'i have joined a project to map the distribution of the six non-native mosquito species we have here. The project is led by Durrell Kapan, Adjunct Professor, Center for Conservation and Research Training, University of Hawai'i--Manoa and Institute for Biodiversity Science and Sustainability, California Academy of Sciences. The research will use our observations to make detailed, fine-scale predictions of where mosquitoes are likely to be found - critical information for vector control and bird conservation efforts.
You can contribute to this research! Your observations of mosquitoes can add valuable input to the research - the project needs observations from a wide variety of locations, habitats and micro-climates. When you are out observing birds, you can also watch for mosquitoes. Are you getting bit on the windward side? Leeward? High elevation? Sea level? Arid land? Jungle? Urban? Rural? All of these observations are important to this project.
To contribute an observation, you will need to catch a mosquito (without smashing it too badly so a net is handy), photograph it with a macro lens so that the telltale characteristics can be seen, and submit it to www.iNaturalist.org/projects/mosquitoes-in-hawaii. Almost all the observations to date were photographed using smartphone cameras and cheap ($10) macro lenses. If you can tell the difference between a Red-vented Bulbul and a Red-whiskered Bulbul then you will have no trouble ID'ing mosquitoes!
If you join the iNaturalist project, we will provide you with education for how to catch and ID these mosquitoes. You will be able to take part in the "social network" of naturalists and get help with your identification, ideas for how to find mosquitoes, and suggestions for how to catch and photograph them. We may be able to provide especially keen observers with a net and macro lens.
To learn more and to contribute, join iNaturalist.org, join the Mosquitoes In Hawaii project, and contact Van Eden (userid: vaneden), email: email@example.com://app.mobilecause.com/vf/KauaiCW/team/3_Kauai%20Forest%20Birds
Maui Coastal Marine Debris Monitoring Program
Date and time: Ongoing, at your convenience.
Location: Island of Maui - a beach of your choice.
Description: Pick up your free Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF) "beach clean-up kit", head down to your favorite beach, and start collecting that rubbish. You'll help protect wildlife by preventing harmful waste from entering the ocean. And everyone will appreciate your efforts to keep Maui's beaches beautiful. Garbage bags, gloves and instructions are provided.The data you collect will become part of our ongoing marine debris monitoring program. We can use these numbers to identify trends in marine debris types and locations over time.
Notes: Open to the public, simply call (808) 249-8811 and arrange to pick-up your kit at PWF (Address: 300 Ma'alaea Rd, Wailuku, HI 96793). A free tote bag will be awarded upon the return of your completed data sheet. Thank you so much for your help!
We are pleased to announce the launching of our new project website www.pueoproject.com.
The Pueo Project is a collaboration with the University of Hawaii at Manoa, with support from the State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife. Our project investigates the population size, distribution and habitat use of Hawaiian Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus sandwichensis) or Pueo on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.
Our goal with this new website is to provide information about the project and the owl species inhabiting the Hawaiian archipelago, but, most importantly, to seek the help of citizen scientist. Please help by reporting sightings through our website, and help us by participating in organized surveys and use photography to document behaviors, breeding phenology, prey items and more. If you are interested in becoming a citizen scientist you may review the Volunteer Information and begin your path as citizen scientist!
You can also follow us on our facebook page "Pueo project!" or twitter @pueoproject.
For any questions, suggestions, feedback or comments, please feel free to contact us.
The Pueo Project Team