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Birdlife of the leeward Hawaiian Islands

by Michelle Reynolds, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Tuesday August 25, 2015 7:00 pm

Mokupapapa Discovery Center, 76 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo, Hawaii

Dr. Reynolds will cover biology and ecology of bird species that are endemic to the Leeward Hawaiian Islands and and efforts to restore their populations   Reynolds is a researcher with the United State Geological Service Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center.  Her principal area of research with the USGS is the biology of the Laysan Duck and other bird species in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands.

Male Laysan duck on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge Photo by: E.J. Peiker/

Male Laysan duck on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge Photo by: E.J. Peiker/Nature Photographer accompanied by USGS Biologist Michelle Reynolds


koa planting lines

     Lines of young koa trees extend the forests into the upper pastures. Photo by J. B. Friday. Title bar photos by Jack Jeffrey