We had another good visitor group out here this week. It's an interesting class at the University of Hawaii-Hilo. It's a marine biology class but with a strong emphasis on native Hawaiian culture. Basically, they are learning to use cultural knowledge and observations in addition to the things that they learn in class or books. They've been getting up to start the day with a chant at sunrise, and also end the day with a chant at sunset. They also had individual projects and gave presentations last night.
We missed out on the solar eclipse today. I guess you had to be further north to catch it.
The 70th anniversary of the Battle of Midway is coming up in a couple of weeks so we're keeping pretty busy getting ready for that. It won't be a large celebration, but we will have some veterans of the battle coming out.
Here's an updated photo of the Short-tailed albatross chick on Eastern Island. It will probably only be around for a few more weeks. It looks a lot like the Black-footed albatross chick behind it, but quite a bit bigger.
A Masked booby is sitting on the pier on Eastern Island.
The UH Hilo group is painting the FWS visitor center.