This week was another beautiful and fairly quiet week. No extra ships, boats, or planes. We got the last seep cleaned out over on Eastern Island. The volunteers banded the last of the Black-footed albatross chicks, but there are still a few small Laysan albatross chicks to band. There are a couple of monk seal pups around. I don't have any photos of them since I don't want to bother them. It was nice on Tern Island when we had them right outside of our window. The first Laysan ducklings were also seen walking around near the houses this week. So although there is a lot going on with all the birds nesting, there isn't a whole lot to report on this week. Here are some pics.
The mud at Sunset seep is cleaned out now. The tsunami caused our freshwater to become salty enough to keep the fish that were washed into the seep alive. We got some surprising fish out of this seep including a Hawaiian lionfish, threadfin butterflyfish, barred knifejaw, Hawaiian flagtails, yellowfin goatfish and a Steindachner's moray eel. They were all returned to the ocean. If you want to see what some of those fish look like, check out Keoki Stender's website: http://www.marinelifephotography.com/ He's got great photos.
Penny and Dennis band a black-footed albatross chick.
This wandering tattler is just about to get splashed.
These are the old Marine Barracks near the airport. They haven't been used for quite a few years, but at least they aren't falling in yet.
This is an old bunker behind the Marine barracks. There are only two of this type of bunkers on the island. There is a big room on each side of the middle of this tunnel.
This green sea turtle was swimming by in the harbor.
After high school I went into the Navy doing nuclear power stuff on a submarine. After 6 years, I left the Navy then got my biology degree from Montana State Univ. I then worked for the USDA doing human nutrition research for 8 years. I also got my Master's Degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of North Dakota. While doing that I worked for Mr. Ellie Pooh selling elephant dung paper (google it) to help the Sri Lanka elephants. After that, I did the only logical thing with my MS and moved to Cleveland, OH and got a job in security at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It was great, for a while, but I found a 1 year temporary job at Midway Atoll with the US Fish & Wildlife Service. I loved it so much that I moved to an even smaller island with only 4-15 people (Tern Island). After being the Asst Manager, then the Manager, I got the chance to go back to Midway as the Wildlife Biologist for a few more years. Just so you know, I didn't write this as an employee, I just commented about my days here and put up some photos, so these aren't the views of the FWS. I still do ocean work for the FWS, but I do it from the Headquarters office in the Washington D.C. area.