White Tern Walk - Saturday, August 18
We're scheduling another in our series of Third Saturday Bird Walks for August 18. We’ll meet at 9:30 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 include stops at several of the trees in the downtown Honolulu area where white terns are currently tending eggs or chicks and will end at about 11:00.
At 11:00, after 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 email@example.com and let us know if you’ll be attending the orientation session or the tern walk. Feel free to bring your camera as there should be opportunities to get some great photos!
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.
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 email@example.com 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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
White Tern Walk - November 19 and 25
What better way to kick off the holiday season then to take a tern walk to see some of the new additions to the Oahu White Tern population! With the second peak of the 2017 breeding season well underway, there are several eggs and newly hatched chicks in the downtown Honolulu and Waikiki areas. Join us Sunday morning, November 19, at 10:00am on the steps of the capitol building facing the I'olani Palace for a 90 minute walking tour of active nesting sites in the downtown area. Also, at 10:00am on Saturday, November 25, we'll check the new arrivals along Kalakaua Ave in Waikiki. We'll gather at the top of escalator to the second level on the makai side of the International Marketplace for this 90-minute walk. Email email@example.com or text 808-379-7555 to reserve a space.
One of the nesting spots we'll visit on the Waikiki white tern walk on November 25th.
The Hui Manu-o-Ku will be participating in the LICH Conference at the Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall on October 5. This event is the perfect outreach opportunity for the Hui to talk with arborists and tree trimmers about how they can help White Terns and give them advice on how to work around nesting terns. Part of the Hui's outreach will include the distribution of the cards you see below to help tree trimmers avoid disrupting active White Tern nests. The cards will also be used at other public outreach events in the city in the future.
Upcoming Citizen Science Training Sessions
The Hui Manu-o-Kū is hosting two upcoming training sessions. These training sessions serve as an introduction to the Manu-o-Kū citizen science project. To learn more about this project, please visit www.whiteterns.org/citizenscience. At this training session, we will discuss the fun process of collecting data about White Tern breeding activities, including what to look for, how to input data and much more.
The two upcoming training sessions are scheduled for December 17th and January 7 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. If you're interested in attending or would like more information, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.