Encounters With the Birds of Hawai’i Volcanoes

KIPUKAPUAULU–Within an area Hawaiians hold sacred, the realm of the gods thousands of feet above the ocean on Big Island, a spectacular biodiversity hot spot known locally as “Bird Park” is an excellent place to observe and hear the avian species of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Our group reporting for the early morning bird count during the National Park Service/National…

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BioBlitz in one Cubic Foot

Students from Star of the Sea Middle School, in Honolulu, received a vivid lesson on how much biodiversity may be contained in a tiny fragment of forest leaf litter when they went out into Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park with David Liittschwager and his famous green 12-inch cube. Liittschwager’s “One Cubic Foot” photography has been featured in National Geographic Magazine…

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Jumping Spiders Among 22 New Species Added to Hawai’i Park List

With the numbers still coming in from scientists, the 24-hour BioBlitz in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has so far formally identified more than 400 species. Jumping spiders were among at least 22 species until now not recorded for the park. The official report presented at the end of the BioBlitz: Hawai’i Volcanoes encompasses a vast landscape that…

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BioBlitz 2015: Where Hawaiian Culture Meets Science

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park — Part scientific endeavor, part outdoor classroom excursion, and part celebration of biodiversity and culture, the 2015 BioBlitz hosted by the National Geographic Society and the National Park Service has gathered some 200 scientists, park rangers, and journalists in Hawaii’s iconic Volcanoes National Park this weekend. The objective is to see how…

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Traditional Knowledge Helps Understand Nature in Every Sense

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Cultural Anthropologist, Keola Awong, discusses the importance of approaching this week’s BioBlitz in the protected space using every sense, as well as a deep understanding and appreciation of the ancient sanctity of the place. The 24-hour species inventory is the ninth in a series of similar events in the run-up to next…

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Learn the Moves of the BioBlitz Dance

By John Griffith Doing the Bioblitz Dance is a great way to celebrate the outdoors, the Bioblitz event, and the National Park Service’s upcoming centennial anniversary! The Bioblitz Dance’s origins start with Rue Mapp, the founder and CEO of the group called Outdoor Afro. She invited me and my California Conservation Corps members to participate in the 2014 National Geographic Bioblitz and Biodiversity Festival…

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Hawai’i Volcanoes BioBlitz Aloha

By Cindy Orlando, Superintendent of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Aloha Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. We are honored to host the ninth annual BioBlitz, a tribute to the geology, biology and Hawaiian culture shared with millions of visitors and perpetuated from sea level to its volcanic summits. Hawai’i National Park was established in 1916, and…

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Hawaii Volcanoes BioBlitz: Singing a Song of Earth

How many species can you spot in the large version of this painting of Hawaii’s biodiversity? More than a thousand scientists, explorers, grade school students, and members of the public will swarm across the volcanoes, forests and shoreline of the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park next week, seeking to catalog every species they kind find. The ninth in…

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Facts and Photos From an Australian BioBlitz

When groups from around the world gather in a place as wild as Australia for something as outdoors-oriented as the World Parks Congress, they’d better not sit inside wearing neckties and high-heels all day. To that end, the recent congress in Sydney included a BioBlitz, an intense, public, 24-hour inventory of all the different living species in the area. Inspired by…

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Foodie Bees: Insects Head Downtown for Dinner

Foodies aren’t the only ones swarming cities in search of the best eats. Even bees are going urban to satisfy their taste for diverse, high-quality food—especially as wild habitat becomes more scarce, new research reveals. Gordon Frankie, an urban entomologist at the University of California, Berkeley, has been studying the foraging habits of native bees in…

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