KHON2 provided an update on the White Tern nest that was delaying construction at the Hawaii State Art Museum at the Capital District Building. You can read the article by clicking here.
While out and about please be on the lookout for dead terns. Three have been found dead of unknown causes in the area around St Andrews Cathedral in the past week. Their remains will be analyzed and we hope to know soon what killed them. There were no visible signs of external injury and we are anxious to know if we're dealing with something that is affecting only terns in this particular area or if it is a more widespread problem. If you come across a dead tern please place the remains in a plastic bag and contact Rich Downs by phone or text at 410-972-1818.
The plans for a maintenance project at the Honolulu Museum of Art have been changed to accommodate the many terns that use a tree in the museum's courtyard for nesting. After discovering a newly laid egg, the plan to remove the tree was put on hold. Soon after, more eggs and chicks were found in the tree. By working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the museum has developed a new plan that will protect the eggs and chicks but still allows the tree to be removed. Click here to read a Honolulu Magazine article about this unique situation. The Hui Manu-o-Ku thanks the Honolulu Museum of Art for keeping the official bird of Honolulu safe!
Easter egg hunts took place a couple of months ago and June seems like a good time for a white tern egg hunt. Seriously! There are over 70 white tern eggs in trees scattered around Honolulu that are waiting to be found. Actually, I found them during the months of April and May and now the nesting spots need to be checked to see how many have hatched and how many are still being incubated. Here’s your chance to take part in a white tern egg hunt and help us to keep track of these 70-plus nesting events!
To see where the eggs are you can go to the Nest Maps tab, then scroll down and select the Active Egg Map option. You can also find the map below. You can then click on the red pins on the map to check the date the nest site was last surveyed and to see the nesting event status. Right now the status of all of these nests is “Egg.” For more information on each individual nesting event note the Nest ID, the 8-character (in most cases) unique identifier (ex. AM060103) assigned to each nesting event. You can then select the Database tab on our webpage, click on the White Tern Nests tab, and then click on the little blue grid icon and scroll down to the Active Eggs Since 4/1/17 view. Then scroll through the records to find the Nest ID you selected from the map. Click on the blue double-headed arrow that appears when you hoover over the record with your Nest ID and you’ll see all the information we’ve gathered so far on that particular nesting event. Scroll down to see photos of the tree and the location of the nesting spot in the tree where the egg was seen.
You can also download a file with all the information on these nest sites from the Database page by clicking on the “…” option on the menu bar and selecting Download CSV. You can then open and view this file on you computer, tablet or smartphone using your preferred spreadsheet software.
There are a number of ways you can report your observations. You can click on the Citizen Science tab on our webpage and fill in the form (the form can also be found below). If you have a Nest ID you can skip the fields asking for tree location and species information. The most important fields for this exercise are the date of observation, Nesting Event Status and observer name and contact info. Any additional details you can provide will be appreciated. Or, if you prefer, you can just email your observation to us using the Contact link on our webpage. Just be sure to include the Nesting ID, Nesting Event Status and observation date in your email.
Mahalo for your help!
The Hui Manu o Kū was featured in a story by Kuuwehi Hiraishi last week on HPR. If you missed the story, click here to hear it. Hui members Rich Downs and Keith Swindle were interviewed for the story. Thank you Kuuwehi and HPR for helping to get the word out about White Terns and the Hui Manu o Kū!
E Komo Mai!