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E komo mai; welcome! Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge is surrounded by a lei of foam in the middle of the North Pacific; it's a beautiful, special place.

Not only are there albatross on Midway, but many other interesting kinds of wildlife, both on the land and in the sea. Please enjoy exploring FOAM, an educational blog actively done while on Midway from May through August 2010. Posts are added from off-Midway, as information becomes available. If you're interested in a particular topic, please use the search box or the alphabetical list of "labels" along the left side of the blog page.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Outplanting Bunch Grass, step #2: Greg demonstrates

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Biological Technician, Greg Schubert, shows us how to plant the native Bunch Grass...with a Laysan Albatross chick and visitors watching carefully.

We started by digging 3 smaller holes deeper into the edge of a crater that had been dug earlier by us.  We carefully removed  grass and its sandy soil from a pot, like Greg is doing in the picture, and planted the grass in one of the holes.  We did that with 2 more pots, and tucked each grass in firmly, making sure it was flush with the bottom of the crater, not sticking up above like a little island.  We made sure the edge of the crater was sloped evenly to a shallow center.  That way, when it rains, the water will collect in the bowl-shaped crater, watering all the Bunch Grass!

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