Hawaiian seabird chick saved


This June 2017 video from Hawaii says about itself:

A Seabird‘s Story

An orphaned seabird chick gets a second chance when conservationists rescue and rehabilitate it.

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Hawaii albatross 2014-2018 highlights


This 16 October 2018 video from Hawaii says about itself:

Kauai Albatross Cam Greatest Hits 2014–2018

After 5 years of dedication and hard work, the Kauai Albatross Network (KAN) and the landowner have decided to take the upcoming year off from 24/7 streaming on Kauai’s North Shore.

When the Cornell Lab began working with KAN back in 2012 to (eventually) identify locations and landowners that would work to bring the world of Laysan Albatrosses to the world in 2014, we never could have imagined the reaction from the online community or the amount of effort it would take to have this kind of impact.

Together, in the last 5 years, we have shared the lives of Laysan Albatrosses on the Garden Isle for 30 months (out of the last 72!). Viewers from over 190 countries have tuned in to the livestream 60 million times for a combined 450 million minutes. Our Albatross cam volunteers have posted over 20 thousand tweets and shared over 9000 images from the @AlbatrossCam Twitter account, identified 198 walkers, and interacted with thousands of cam watchers through social media.

From all of us at the Cornell Lab’s Bird Cams project, we wanted to say “Thank You” to our partners at KAN, the cam site landowners, all of our viewers and volunteers, and anyone who has watched and learned along with us over these past 5 years. Enjoy this highlight video of some of our all-time favorite moments from the Kauai Laysan Albatross cam, and please share your own favorite memories in the comments below. Mahalo!

Entangled whale shark saved


This video says about itself:

Watch A Free-Diver Rescue This Entangled Whale Shark | National Geographic

20 August 2018

A Hawaiian family spotted this whale shark while free-diving off the coast of Lanai. First, they were excited about the rare sighting of the 20-foot-long endangered shark. But then, they noticed a heavy rope tightly wrapped around its neck. Biologists Kapua Kawelo and Joby Rohrer decided to help the animal, while their son, 17-year-old Kanehoalani, filmed the rescue.

Hawaiian bird conservation, new study


This video says about itself:

15 March 2018

Many factors are contributing to the decline in Hawaii’s forest bird populations, loss of habitat, climate change.. invasive species, but none more than disease. Avian malaria and avian poxvirus are spread by human introduced mosquitoes. Historically, mosquitoes did not exist on Hawaii and native bird species never developed resistance to mosquito transmitted diseases. Because of this, mosquitoes have devastated many native bird populations.

Join me as I explore what scientists are doing to help reduce mosquito populations, determine avian malaria abundance and determine current and future solutions for malaria such as BTI and wolbachia.

This video also serves as a day in the life of a researcher which explains our research process and shows how we carry out the research in the field.

From the American Ornithological Society Publications Office:

It’s go time for Hawaiian bird conservation, and luckily there’s a playbook

June 27, 2018

Summary: A new study presents some of the best guidance to date on the priorities and actions that can be taken to help Hawaii’s endemic birds. This article lays out a plan to better guide and empower conservation efforts for Hawaiian birds.

A new study in The Condor: Ornithological Applications presents some of the best guidance to date on the priorities and actions that can be taken to help Hawaii’s endemic birds. Hawaii’s ecosystems, including its native bird populations, are struggling. Of the 21 species of forest birds left on the islands, almost two thirds (12 species) of are endangered or threatened. The current conservation status of the wildlife and vegetation on the island is almost entirely attributable to humans. The actions needed to stabilize or reverse these trends need stronger support and coordination, however funding and resources are limited. This new paper lays out a plan to better guide and empower conservation efforts for Hawaiian birds.

Eben Paxton of USGS Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center and colleagues synthesized the key points that came out of a collaboration of more than 60 stakeholders in Hawaiian bird conservation. The focus is on actionable research and management approaches that can be employed today. Habitat loss, invasive plants, non-native predators, and introduced diseases were identified as the largest threats to Hawaiian birds. Climate change is projected to exacerbate all threats. Given limited resources, the stakeholders decided on eight main priorities as well as several actions specific to the island of Kauai. In addition to helping Hawaii and its birds directly, the goal of this collaborative report is to make Hawaii a model for other areas of the world, especially islands, that are in need of strong conservation efforts.

Lead author, Eben Paxton comments, “Our challenge in Hawaii is how do we conserve forest birds from multiple threats with just a fraction of the resources needed to fully address all the threats. Our solution was to bring researchers and managers together to share ideas, and as a community, identify priority research and management needs necessary to save these unique species. We believe these priorities will help focus resources where most needed and bring together different organizations to work together for the maximum benefit of the birds.”

“New Technology is being proposed to help stem the tide of extinctions in Hawaiian native birds. Eben Paxton and his co-authors recognize that all the native birds in Hawaii are Conservation Reliant Species and propose utilizing new technologies to assist with the preservation of this unique island avifauna,” adds Charles van Riper III, a ST Research Ecologist and Professor Emeritus, USGS and SNRE, University of Arizona. “This very complete paper also recommends enhancing Citizen Science and captive breeding in the Islands, along with continued monitoring and translocations to unoccupied habitat. The immediate target for this plan are the birds on Kauai — the authors feel that the native avifauna on this island is rapidly approaching extinction, and time will tell how successful this proposed plan is in implementing conservation actions in time to save these unique birds.”

Young albatross preens chicken


This video from Hawaii says about itself:

[Young albatross] Kiamanu Preens Chicken, May 11, 2018 | Cornell Lab | Kauai Laysan Albatross Cam

The Kauai Laysan Albatross cam is a collaboration between the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Kauai Albatross Network. Watch live with news, updates, and FAQs at http://allaboutbirds.org/albatross.

Hawaii albatrosses dancing


This 10 May 2018 video from Hawaii says about itself:

Adult Albatrosses Hang Out, Practice Dancing In Front Of Camera – May 10, 2018

It’s never too early for a dance party on the Kauai Laysan Albatross cam.

Watch a group of lively adults gather in the early morning hours to practice their elaborate courtship routines right in front of the camera!

The Kauai Laysan Albatross cam is a collaboration between the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Kauai Albatross Network. Watch live with news, updates, and FAQs at http://allaboutbirds.org/albatross.

Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions in Hawaii


This 6 May 2018 video is called Earthquakes And Eruptions On Hawaii’s Big Island.

How long will Kilauea’s eruption last? A volcanologist tackles that and other burning questions about the Hawaii volcano. ByCarolyn Gramling, 5:16pm, May 8, 2018.