It was a lot of fun having high school senior Katie on island for a week! She helped with her mom's Hawaiian Monk Seal beach surveys. In addition, Katie worked as a volunteer in various wildlife management projects for Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. She helped:
- observe and record the growth stage of young Laysan Albatross and Red-tailed Tropicbirds,
- sort and measure marine debris,
- pull up the alien invasive plant Verbesina, and
- gather and wrap albatross boluses (albatross barf!) for classroom dissections. (Yes; that's a real bolus she's wrapping in the right-hand picture.)
|photo by Kittipong Janthasang|
Each of us needs to help take care of the living things around us. Katie certainly is a good steward! How can you volunteer for plants and animals in your community?