Sorry I skipped the blog last week. We had a weekend visit by the Director of the Fish & Wildlife Service as well as some visitors from the State of Hawaii and climate change experts. We also got our annual flight of volunteers to count all of the albatross nests. They're keeping very busy with somewhere around a half a million nests to count. My wife, Dasha, also came to visit for a couple of weeks and is helping with the bird banding, greenhouse work, and whatever else needs doing. She's not getting much of a vacation, but at least she's out of the lab for a couple weeks.
I've got a bunch of photos this time so I'll put the rest of the text in the captions. I won't do another blog tomorrow, but should be able to get one in next Sunday.
The volunteers, Dasha, and the new Physician's Assistant are getting kayak training in the harbor. The weather wasn't the greatest, but now they can take the kayaks out on nicer days.
This is one of Dasha's float ornaments.
This was my ornament this year. I may have made another one too but the blue paint took a long time to dry.