Aloha White Tern Photographers!
The Manu o Ku Virtual Festival kicks off on Saturday May 16 and will feature a White Tern Digital Photo Exhibit. Submissions are now being accepted for the exhibit that are taken of white terns here on Oahu. Submission to the exhibit is open to everyone, free of charge! All you need to do is email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org with whatever descriptions you’d like posted with the photos. You’ll get photo credit for your submission and our promise that we won’t further distribute or reuse your photos without your permission.
The purpose of the photo exhibit is to share with others what you were fortunate to see and photograph. We’ve created a number of categories for your submissions and you are invited to submit up to five photos for each category. The categories are:
- Terns and Fish: White terns carrying fish or feeding their chicks.
- Terns and Blossoms: Terns perched or flying amongst tree blossoms
- Terns as Art: “Artistic” images of terns captured with a camera (with or without post-processing effects applied) or that are drawn or painted (and then photographed for submission to the exhibit). Let your creative juices flow!
- Terns just being terns: Terns flying, nesting, preening, sleeping, interacting with chicks, etc.
Photos taken with any type of camera are welcome. As they say, “The best camera is the one you have with you.” And sometimes the camera in our pocket is the only one we have when we see the terns doing something interesting. Don’t feel as though your photos aren’t worthy of submission because you didn’t use a big camera with a huge lens. If you like the photo you took with your cell phone we want to give you a chance to share it with others!
Some tern behaviors are best captured in video and so there will also be a category for short videos of terns. It’s requested that you keep videos to a maximum of 60 seconds in length.
The deadline for submissions is May 9. If you want to get fresh photos you can view the Active manu-o-Kū Nest Map to help you find trees where breeding activity has been seen recently. Remember to observe social distancing and relevant guidelines for accepted outdoor activity.
Thanks in advance for your participation in the first ever Manu o Ku Virtual Festival's digital photo exhibit!
Several weeks ago we suggested that you save the date May 16 for this year's Manu o Ku Festival. Since the outbreak of the covid-19 crisis you probably figured that the festival would be postponed or cancelled. Well, so did we at first. But after further thought, the planning committee decided to go ahead and hold the festival but with some changes that are in keeping with the new set of circumstances weʻre all dealing with. This year's festival is going to be a VIRTUAL event that will allow us all to remain at home and observe social distancing while still celebrating our Manu o Ku. The program is still being put together but we're planning to offer a mix of live and prerecorded material that you'll be able to enjoy with your family from the comfort of your home. There will be games for the keiki, talks about the Manu o Ku, a virtual white tern walk, a photo exhibit, music and more. Refreshments? That will be completely up to you as this will be a BYO affair. Stay tuned for additional details on this yearʻs new format festival but one thing we can pretty safely say is that it will happen rain or shine!
Out of an abundance of caution, the Terns and Trees Guided Tour, originally scheduled to take place at UH Manoa on March 15, has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.
At this time, the White Tern Walk in Waikiki is still scheduled for Saturday, March 14. Any changes will be posted here.
The best viewing of breeding white terns on Oahu continues to be in Waikiki so that's where the March White Tern Walk will take place. Join us on Saturday, March 14, from 9:00 to 10:30 for a walk that will take in some of the active white tern nesting spots in the heart of Waikiki. Meet behind the stage at the base of the big banyan tree at the Royal Hawaiian Center on Kalakaua Avenue at 9:00 if you'd like to join us. Please RSVP by text to 808-379-7555.
Join us Sunday, March 15, for a special Terns and Trees Guided Tour at UH Manoa. Weʻll meet in the SOEST courtyard (red circle on attached map snippet) at 0900 for this walk, sponsored by the UH Campus Arboretum, Hawaii Audobon Society and the Hui Manu o Ku. Plenty of parking in the parking lot behind the Kennedy Theater (blue square on the map snippet).
What: Nesting White Tern Monitoring Training
When: 1-2PM, Saturday February 15, 2020
Where: Under huge tree on the Ewa/makai corner of the State Ag Annex lot at Keeaumoku and S King streets
Come learn how you can help us monitor the growing number of nesting white terns using the latest version of the data collection tools we've developed. We'll meet Saturday, February 15, at 1:00 under the huge tree in the Ewa/makai corner of the park area at the state Agriculture Annex at the intersection of Keeaumoku and S King streets. It'll take about an hour to get you set up with the app and to go over the basics of how to document observations of white tern breeding activity. Please RSVP by texting 808-379-7555.
The best viewing of breeding white terns on Oahu continues to be in Waikiki so that's where the February White Tern Walk will take place. Join us on Saturday, February 15, from 9:00 to 10:30 for a walk that will take in some of the active white tern nesting spots in the heart of Waikiki. Meet behind the stage at the base of the big banyan tree at the Royal Hawaiian Center on Kalakaua Avenue at 9:00 if you'd like to join us. Please RSVP by text to 808-379-7555.
Sunday, January 12, 9:00-10:30 AM and 1:00-2:30 PM
Come learn how to use the apps and online tools we’ve developed to help us monitor white terns nesting on Oahu. These training sessions will combine “classroom” instruction at the Hawaii Audubon Society offices on Richards Street with hands-on practice gathering data on terns nesting downtown Honolulu. Please text to 808-379-7555 to reserve your spot.
This map shows the locations of the trees with the 500+ nesting spots we want to check during the month of December. Each of these nesting spots was either used for at least three of the past 5 years, or is currently occupied by an egg or a chick. Each month we document the nesting status for over 1,200 nesting spots across the breeding range but these are the ones we want to focus on this month. You can help us meet this goal by visiting one or more of these trees and reporting to us what you see. You can download the map to your computer, tablet or smartphone by clicking on the link below and opening the file using either Google Earth or Google Maps. Red pins indicate that there was an egg or a chick in one of the nesting spots in that particular tree when they were surveyed in November. Click on a pin to see how many nesting spots we’re requesting help monitoring in that particular tree. Then click on the link for each nesting spot to see a photo showing its location in the tree. To record your observation simply click on the “Submit observation” link at the bottom of the pop-up window, noting the Nest ID for the nesting spot (WK4801 for example). Enter the date, your name and email address, and the Nest ID and then select from the options for Nesting Status and Behaviors Observed from the drop down menus. Minimally we want to know if, during your visit, the nesting spot had an adult sitting in the nesting spot, if there was a chick there, or if it was empty/vacant. Any additional details you can provide on what you saw by selecting from the Behaviors Observed or by entering them in the Notes window will by appreciated. You can also attach a photo of what you see to the form. That’s it!
The pins on the map mark the location of the trees and clicking on the photo for the nesting spot will display a picture of the tree with the nesting spot circled. Most of the trees with eggs or chicks will have a blue ribbon to help you locate them. Your help in collecting data on these nesting spots will be much appreciated! Feel free to email questions to us at email@example.com.
We're going back to Waikiki for the November white tern walk since that's where the best viewing of breeding terns is found on Oahu right now. Join us on Saturday, November 16, from 9:00 to 10:30 for a walk that will take in some of the white tern nesting spots in the heart of Waikiki. Meet behind the stage at the base of the big banyan tree at the Royal Hawaiian Center on Kalakaua Avenue at 9:00 if you'd like to join us. Please RSVP by text to 808-379-7555.