We've got some new people on island for the next couple of weeks, but with a lot of our island population gone for vacation, it's still pretty quiet on island. We've got our annual albatross nest counters here to tally up all of the Laysan and Black-footed albatross nests on all 3 islands. My wife, Dasha, also came out for a couple of weeks. We haven't seen each other for a few months, so it's about time.
There was some news from Tern Island this week. They were hit with a short but violent windstorm last week and there was quite a bit of damage to the facilities there. Everybody is ok, but it will take a lot to get it up and running again. Here's a link to the press release:
We're losing our neighbors out in the archipelago. The field camp on Laysan Island was evacuated on Nov. 4 for a medical issue. Article: http://www.fws.gov/pacificislands/nihoamillerbird.html
The only currently inhabited places in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands are at Midway and Kure Atolls.