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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 #4: Native birds enjoy the new planting

These Laysan Albatross seem to be enjoying the shade of a Beach Heliotrope tree in the newly planted field of Bunch Grass (Kawelu.)

Small birds called Bonin Petrels (Pterodroma hypoleuca) nest in burrows, which collapse very easily underneath the alien, invasive plant Verbesina, but not under the native bunch grass. Here's a Bonin Petrel chick next to Bunch Grass. Although it looks as if it has most of its regular feathers, look closely and you'll see some down on either side of its tail.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

how neat that they took right to it!