satellite view from PMNM
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 #3: Visitors plant the grass

Visitors from Germany help Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge by planting the native Hawaiian bunch grass.  Their work is much appreciated because Bunch Grass, or Kawelu in Hawaiian, Eragrostis variabilis, is an important part of the atoll's original environment.  For example, Bunch Grass roots hold the sandy soil together much better than the alien invasive plant Verbesina.

After all the grass was planted, we worked together to pour a little water from buckets into each plot of Bunch Grass to give it a healthy start on life!

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