If you’ve been wanting to photograph nesting white terns but didn’t know where to find them, join us this Saturday morning (April 28) at 9:00 at the Royal Hawaiian in the heart of Waikiki. There are now several active nesting spots offering exceptional photographic opportunities within minutes of each other including terns incubating eggs and tending chicks at various stages of development. We’ll meet at the diamond end of the lawn at the Royal Hawaiian (at the red X on the map snippet) near the huge banyan tree. I’ll give the group a quick walking tour of the locations and then leave you to pick where you’d like to spend your time getting those shots of nesting terns you’ve been waiting for.
Due to the typically heavy pedestrian traffic where we will be, I suggest that you don’t bring tripods for this photo shoot. Most of the nesting spots are so close that you should be able to get great results shooting handheld.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or text (808) 379-7555.
Attention photographers! We have added a new map to whiteterns.org that displays the location of trees with nesting spots that offer particularly good White Tern photography opportunities! Click here to view the new map and find a photographic tern near you!
Want to go see some White Terns but donʻt know where to look? Are you out and about and wondering if there are any White Terns nesting nearby? Weʻre developing an app for that and the first version is ready for beta testing. All that you need is a computer, smartphone or a tablet with Google Earth installed and a connection to the internet. Weʻre looking for volunteers to help us test this new capability on a variety of platforms and if youʻd like to help out email me at email@example.com.
Congratulations to UH Mānoa for being recognized as a 2017 Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. The campus received this honor for its "commitment to effective urban forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals". The Hui would like to thank UH Mānoa for its efforts in keeping the campus a favorable place for White Terns. The Hui, with the help of our many citizen scientists, have documented 99 trees on campus that have hosted nesting terns! This is one of the most densely populated areas for White Terns on Oahu.
If you are a student, faculty member, or someone who spends time on the UH Mānoa campus, you too can help us monitor White Terns on campus. You can visit our Citizen Science page or email firstname.lastname@example.org to submit observations of nesting White Terns. You can see all of the trees where we have documented nesting White Terns on campus by visiting our manu-o-Kū Breeding Range Map, or you can see all active nest sites on campus by visiting our Active Nest Map.
To learn more about UH Mānoa's recognition as a Tree Campus USA, click here.
The White Tern breeding season on Oahu continues at a brisk pace and there are still a lot of eggs and chicks in trees scattered across the greater Honolulu area. And there are again several that offer great viewing opportunities in the heart of Waikiki. Join us on Saturday, April 21, as we visit a few of the nesting spots along Kalakaua Avenue. We’ll meet at 10:00 under the Shower tree on Kalakaua Avenue circled in red in the attached photo, just beyond the intersection (towards Diamond Head) with Monsarrat Ave. The walk will end at the International Marketplace at about 11:30. Please RSVP by texting 808-379-7555 or by emailing email@example.com.
In February we organized a White Tern walk that showcased some of the nesting spots in Waikiki. In March we’ll give you a chance to see some of the many new arrivals in the heart of Honolulu. The map snippet below shows the active nesting spots in the downtown area that currently have either an egg or a young chick. Join us on Saturday, March 17, as we visit a few of them. We’ll meet at 10:00 in the grove of Kukui trees on the Diamond Head side of Richards Street, near the intersection with Hotel Street (see photo). The walk will end at about 11:30.
At 9:00, before the walk, we’ll provide a brief orientation session for anyone interested in learning how to monitor white tern nests and submit reports on their observations. The orientation will also take place in the grove of Kukuis on Richards Street.
Please RSVP by texting 808-379-7555 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know if you’ll be attending the orientation session or the tern walk. Free free to bring your camera as there should be opportunities to get some great photos!
KHON2 published a story about the Hui Manu-o-Ku's tree marking effort. Check it out here!
The White Terns of Oahu have been busy courting and laying eggs. As a result there are now over 300 eggs and chicks in trees scattered across the greater Honolulu area. Some of them are located in the heart of Waikiki and offer exceptional opportunities to see our White Terns doing what they do here and nowhere else in the Pacific - nesting in an urban environment. Join us on Sunday, February 11, as we visit a few of the nesting spots along Kalakaua Avenue. We’ll meet at 10:00 under the big Monkeypod tree in the center of this picture at the intersection of Kalakaua and Saratoga Road. The walk will end at the International Marketplace at about 11:30. Please RSVP by texting 808-379-7555 or by emailing email@example.com.
You may have seen a recent article in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser about the Hui's efforts to tag trees that are being used by nesting White Terns. If you missed the article, you can still read it by clicking here! Mahalo to Susan Scott for giving the terns some notoriety!