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Hawaiian Goose Branta sandvicensis

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trbo

Date

May 18, 2015

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Nene pair and chick at Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge

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Hawaiian Goose Branta sandvicensis

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trbo

Date

May 18, 2015

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Nene pair and chick at Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge

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Japanese Cedar Cryptomeria japonica

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colinmorita

Date

May 25, 2015 09:11 AM HST

Description

Invasive Sugi Pine.

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Hawaiian Raspberry Rubus hawaiensis

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colinmorita

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May 25, 2015 11:37 AM HST

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'Akiapola'au Hemignathus munroi

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colinmorita

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May 25, 2015 02:30 PM HST

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Description

Female

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Hawaii 'Amakihi Hemignathus virens

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colinmorita

Date

May 25, 2015 08:53 AM HST

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Male

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Hawaii 'Elepaio Chasiempis sandwichensis

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colinmorita

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May 25, 2015 01:22 PM HST

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Hawaiian Hawk Buteo solitarius

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colinmorita

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May 25, 2015 02:52 PM HST

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'I'iwi Vestiaria coccinea

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colinmorita

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May 25, 2015 03:07 PM HST

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Skylark Alauda arvensis

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colinmorita

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May 25, 2015 07:41 AM HST

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Kalij Pheasant Lophura leucomelanos

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colinmorita

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May 25, 2015 07:41 AM HST

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Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo

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colinmorita

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May 25, 2015 07:41 AM HST

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Ring-necked Pheasant Phasianus colchicus

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colinmorita

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May 25, 2015 07:24 AM HST

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California Quail Callipepla californica

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colinmorita

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May 25, 2015 07:24 AM HST

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Skylark Alauda arvensis

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colinmorita

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May 25, 2015 07:21 AM HST

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‘ōlapa Cheirodendron trigynum ssp. trigynum

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colinmorita

Date

May 25, 2015 01:36 PM HST

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Hawaiian Goose Branta sandvicensis

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colinmorita

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May 25, 2015 03:37 PM HST

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colinmorita

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May 25, 2015 12:08 PM HST

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'Oma'o Myadestes obscurus

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colinmorita

Date

May 16, 2015 03:45 PM HST

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Description

Wagging and begging from its mate.

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Hawaii 'Amakihi Hemignathus virens

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paloma

Date

March 2, 2015 11:10 AM PST

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Koa Acacia koa

Observer

paloma

Date

March 2, 2015 10:54 AM PST

Description

the lighter-colored tree in center front

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false staghorn fern Dicranopteris linearis

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tapbirds

Date

August 2, 2014

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tapbirds

Date

August 2, 2014

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Grub found in a Koa tree (Acacia koa), food source for the extremely rare 'Akiapola'au (Hemignathus munroi)

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‘ohā wai Clermontia lindseyana

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tapbirds

Date

August 1, 2014

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great mullein Verbascum thapsus

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milopyne

Date

July 30, 2014 06:25 PM HST

Description

Small peak near observatory visitors center; invasive exotic.

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Aphids Family Aphididae

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anita363

Date

November 23, 2013 12:50 PM EST

Description

Aphid, I think ... not sure if it's a good enough shot for an ID.

I made a point of photographing the flowers I found up here at 9200 ft, thinking that maybe there would be a higher likelihood of native species. No such luck!

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Mauna Kea silversword Argyroxiphium sandwicense ssp. sandwicense

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anita363

Date

November 23, 2013 01:04 PM EST

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Description

In a fenced exclosure near the visitor center. The multi-headed growth is a result of inbreeding during the first propagation attempts. Normal plants grow as a single rosette, and the entire plant dies after sending up an inflorescence; here a couple of heads have bloomed, but the rest of the plant remains alive.

These used to be the dominant flora in the harsh alpine environment on the upper elevations of Mauna Kea. The white hairs act as tiny fiber optic conduits that can heat the leaf tips by 20 deg C, allowing the plant to grow in the cold. But the plant had no defenses against introduced grazing animals. Both subspecies, the Mauna Kea and the one from Haleakala on Maui, are endangered, and this one was driven to the brink of extinction. In 1984 only 131 plants were known, only 15 of which were not propagated by man. A single wild population was found, clinging to a precarious cliff where even the goats and mouflon sheep couldn't reach. The plants grow for 5-40 years before sending up a flowering stalk and then dying. This makes propagation difficult, and inbreeding during early propagation attempts, which started with only 1 or 2 flowering parents, led to poor survival rates and the deformity seen here, in which the plant branches into many rosettes rather than the normal one. A later generation of propagation attempts has involved heroic efforts to rescue the species' remaining genetic diversity. When a precious plant in the wild blooms, biologists, rappelling down cliff faces, hand-pollinate the tens of thousands of individual flowers (the bees that used to cross-pollinate the silverswords have declined along with the plant itself; and, in any case, the chances of two plants flowering close enough to one another for natural cross-pollination to occur are vanishingly small) and then collect & outplant the resulting seeds. There are now several thousand progeny. However, they still derive from only 6 wild founders. Hopefully that will continue to increase as more of the now ~40 wild plants bloom.

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evening primrose Oenothera stricta ssp. stricta

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anita363

Date

November 23, 2013 12:07 PM EST

Description

Oenothera stricta ssp. stricta. Showy, 5 cm across.

I made a point of photographing the flowers I found up here at 9200 ft, thinking that maybe there would be a higher likelihood of native species. No such luck!

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Telegraphweed Heterotheca grandiflora

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anita363

Date

November 23, 2013 12:05 PM EST

Description

I made a point of photographing the flowers I found up here at 9200 ft, thinking that maybe there would be a higher likelihood of native species. No such luck! This species I didn't recognize because, unlike at lower elevation, it had no 'telegraph pole' -- it was dwarfed and growing low to the ground.

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Madagascar Ragwort Senecio madagascariensis

Observer

anita363

Date

November 23, 2013 12:09 PM EST

Description

I made a point of photographing the flowers I found up here at 9200 ft, thinking that maybe there would be a higher likelihood of native species. No such luck!