Hawaiian Adventure - in Ukiah Slideshow on the Wildlife of Laysan Island
by Kate Marianchild
Photographs of white sand beaches, blue-green water, and fuzzy albatross chicks will abound in a slideshow/lecture by wildlife biologist Amy Leist at the Grace Hudson Museum on Thursday, November 18. Come warm yourself with pictures of a tropical island and the wildlife that lives there. We will see endangered baby monk seals, endangered Laysan Ducks and Laysan Finches, and close-ups of a nesting colony of 5 million Laysan Albatrosses. The program, which is sponsored by Peregrine Audubon, begins at 7 p.m. sharp.
Nesting Laysan Albatrosses are extremely curious and will come up and "talk" to humans when they're not nibbling at their toes. Adults, who live to be 30-40 years old, mate for life and share incubation of eggs and feeding of young.
Albatrosses are graceful and prodigious flyers; adult birds never touch land except when nesting. Parent birds perform the incredible feat of flying from Laysan Island all the way to California or the Aleutian Islands to find food for their babies, making the round trip in two days when conditions are favorable. One of those birds came to California several years ago and decided to make Point Arena its winter home. Many local residents have come to depend on the predictable appearance of "Al" every winter off the Pt. Arena wharf.
Laysan is one of islands in the Northwest Hawaiian Island chain, which also includes Midway Island. The islands and the waters around them constitute a National Marine Wildlife Refuge
Amy Leist, a graduate student in wildlife biology at Humboldt State University, will share many interesting facts and tidbits about the ecology of Laysan Island and the biology of its wildlife. Ms. Leist spent 5 months on Laysan Island restoring native vegetation and monitoring the resident birds. Her presentation will cover a brief history of the island and the biology and habits of all the resident birds. She will also touch on marine life, and the environmental issues facing the Northwest Hawaiian Islands.
Amy Leist is a well-traveled biologist with a wide variety of field experience. After receiving her bachelor's degree at Colorado College she taught environmental education on Orcas Island in Puget Sound. She then went on to work in field jobs up and down the Western Hemisphere. She monitored and studied wildlife in California's Channel Islands (foxes and loggerhead shrikes), in Alaska (geese and other tundra birds), in the Juan Fernandez Islands off of Chile (seabirds), and in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (botany, invasive insects, and invasive mammals), in addition to her work on Laysan Island.
A special surprise awaits guests at this Hawaiian Adventure slide program. Beautiful 16x24 prints of original paintings by the great John James Audubon will be on display for enjoyment or purchase. The prints will be sold for $25 and proceeds will be used in part to pay the legal costs of Peregrine Audubon's Water Rights Petition. (The goal of the Petition is to protect our remaining rivers and streams and the fish, otters, frogs, birds and other wildlife that depend on natural water flows).
Please join us for this informative and visually stunning presentation on Thursday, November 18, at 7 p.m. The 75-85 people who have attended Peregrine's last two presentations have not been disappointed! The Grace Hudson Museum is at 431 Main St. in Ukiah. (Take the Perkins St. exit, go west on Perkins to Main, turn left, and look for the museum 1 block down on your left). Admission is free.
Submitted by Kate Marianchild Publicity Chair, Peregrine Audubon Society 463-0839 katem@...
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