I showed you a picture of 3 people cleaning the Monument Seep a couple of weeks ago and not getting done. We brought back some reinforcements and finished the job.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
I was finally able to catch up on a little work this week. No ships or major weather events. We had a group of photographers here again, but they really just like to go take pictures and don't need a lot from me. It's been nice and sunny and a bit cool. That's good for the albatross chicks because they won't dehydrate so quickly. We also got a chance to go look for nets on the reef and picked up a couple of small net peices. It was beautiful. The water is finally starting to warm up, and was nice and clear. I forgot to add a fish picture before I started typing my text, and this blog program is difficult with a slow connection, so I'll just have to put up a pic next week. Alright, I'll keep it short this week and give you some pictures.
Monday, April 18, 2011
The tour also included the hydroponics garden, which has some good cherry tomatoes ripening.
Here's one of the more recent pics of the Short-tailed albatross chick. We haven't seen the parents yet, but the chick is still doing fine.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Another exciting week as usual. We've had 3 ships come this week. The Robert C. Seamans is a Woods Hole Research vessel that does a semester at sea program where people learn to sail while learning oceanography, biology, or whatever the focus of the course is. They visited us out on Tern Island last year with a University of Hawaii group. The next ship that showed up was the Kahana, bringing us a load of fuel and will take back some of our waste. The NOAA ship Oscar Elton Sette also stopped by. They are putting out teams on most of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands to monitor the Hawaiian monk seals. That's along with the photography visitor group, the NOAA marine debris crew, a group waiting to take the Sette to Kure Atoll, and a team working on removing some contaminants from the island. I'm sure I'm leaving out some good stuff, but that's good for this week.
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Things were about back to normal around here. Normal being great, interesting, and busy. I moved out of Charlie barracks and into a house. A group of our contractors that were working on renovations to the old officer housing left. Four NOAA employees came to help pick up derelict fishing gear from the reef and shoreline. The NOAA ship "Oscar Elton Sette" will come soon to take all of that away from here as well as all of the other islands in the NW Hawaiian Islands. I'll put in another plug for Chris Jordan and his group. They are doing really good work out here and I'm sure their film will be great from their shots so far. It's been really intersting watching them work. I've been picking up a lot of good photo tips from them. As you've likely noticed, I write a lot more about the things that go on around here every week, and they do a lot more descriptive writing, poetry, and artistic photography to give you the feel of Midway. http://www.midwayjourney.com/ and Emily's latest post at http://emilysmidwayjourney.blogspot.com/ One of Chris's crew was here before on the team of another movie called "Bag it". We watched it last night up at Capt. Brooks. It's a good documentary on plastic use. John Klavitter (our deputy refuge manager and former wildlife biologist) and Matt Brown (former manager here) are both in it. The weather was a bit windy last week. We were going to go over to Eastern Island to clean out the duck seeps to try to prevent another botulism outbreak in the Laysan ducks. When we get a chance, we'll pump all of the water out, scoop out the mud/muck at the bottom and let it refill from the freshwater lens in the island. Alright, enough writing for this week. Life goes on. The parade field birds don't seem to know that there was a tsunami.
I don't know if the NOAA marine debris collecting group will have a chance to get any of these nets and ropes that washed up into the middle of Eastern Island. At least they are less of a hazard to marine animals up in the middle of the island, but they can still be a bit of a hazard for birds getting entangled.
This is one of the few Bonin petrel chicks left on Eastern. There weren't that many to begin with over there. There is a lot more hard packed ground over there.
This young Great frigatebird probably didnt' die in the tsunami. Since the tree is still there. It either didn't get enough food or got entangled.