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Ecology Club Calendars – Students on campus 12/15

Please support our students!

The Ecology Club, Nā Kia’i Honua (The Earth Guardians), a R.I.O of Kapi’olani Community College have again created a custom calendar of Hawaii’s unique plants and animals! All photos were taken by KCC faculty or staff!

Quantities are limited – they are now available for a  $12.⁰⁰ donation

STUDENTS WILL BE ON CAMPUS WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 15 FROM 12-2 PM TO SELL AND DISTRIBUTE CALENDARS 

100% of the proceeds will go toward our ecology club’s future research experiences as well as our bi-annual conservation efforts at Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Reserve, in Hilo, Hawaii.

To purchase ask any Ecology Club member or contact KCC Ecology Club Faculty Advisor, Wendy Kuntz (wkuntz@hawaii.edu), or stop by her office, Kokio 104, or call 734-9869 to arrange for on-campus delivery!

EARTH WEEK EVENTS – KCC, UH, and BEYOND

Aloha,

The Kapi’olani Service & Sustainability Learning Program invites you to participate in the many wonderful Earth-Day events happening all month long. We have put together a list of both virtual and a few in-person events happening at KCC, the UH system, and events open to all that are being held online.

Faculty, please share with your classes!

You will find a dynamic list at https://kapiolaniserve.weebly.com/earth-month-2021.html.  Check back often for updates!

Earth Month Poster

 

Earth Day/Week/Month events at KCC and UH system (and beyond!)

Aloha,

The Kapi’olani Service & Sustainability Learning Program invites you to participate in the many wonderful Earth-Day events happening all month long.

This year there is a fantastic opportunity to participate in events from every UH campus, and beyond!

We have put together a list of both virtual and a few in-person events happening at KCC, the UH system, and events open to all that are being held online.

Faculty, please share with your classes!

You will find a dynamic list at https://kapiolaniserve.weebly.com/earth-month-2021.html.  Check back often for updates!

Earth Month Poster

 

VISTA Positions at UH starting in January 2021 – Position Available at KCC

Recent Graduate?  Here is a great opportunity to work full time on Sustainability Issues at UH. The position comes with an educational award, so it is perfect for folks who are considering graduate school or are taking a “gap” year (AA and ASNS degrees qualify).

One VISTA position will be based at Kapi’olani Community College!! What a great opportunity!!

Here is the link to the interest form:

Live informational Zoom meetings will be held over the next two weeks. Informational meetings will be held over the next two weeks Wednesdays and Fridays for the next two weeks.

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88553953116?pwd=ZXVlb09ieGlBS1JSZytVenErU3dLdz09 Meeting ID: 885 5395 3116 Passcode: 6jvJJR

Contact Navin Tagore Erwin <navintag@hawaii.edu> for more information.

 

Ecology Club Calendars! Perfect Holiday Gift!

Please support our students!

The Ecology Club, Nā Kia’i Honua (The Earth Guardians), a R.I.O of Kapi’olani Community College have again created a custom calendar of Hawaii’s unique plants and animals! All photos were taken by KCC faculty or staff! 

Quantities are limited – they are now available for a  $15.⁰⁰ donation

100% of the proceeds will go toward our ecology club’s future research experiences as well as our bi-annual conservation efforts at Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Reserve, in Hilo, Hawaii.  

Please help support the future generation of undergraduate research students and environmental conservationists!

To purchase ask any Ecology Club member  or contact KCC Ecology Club Faculty Advisor, Wendy Kuntz (wkuntz@hawaii.edu), or stop by her office, Kokio 104, or call 734-9869 to arrange for on-campus delivery! 

Ecology Club Calendars – Perfect for your office decor or holiday gift!

Please support our students!

The Ecology Club, Nā Kia’i Honua (The Earth Guardians), a R.I.O of Kapi’olani Community College have again created a custom calendar of Hawaii’s unique plants and animals! All photos were taken by KCC faculty or staff! 

Quantities are limited – they are now available for a  $15.⁰⁰ donation

100% of the proceeds will go toward our ecology club’s future research experiences as well as our bi-annual conservation efforts at Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Reserve, in Hilo, Hawaii.  

Please help support the future generation of undergraduate research students and environmental conservationists!

To purchase ask any Ecology Club member  or contact KCC Ecology Club Faculty Advisor, Wendy Kuntz (wkuntz@hawaii.edu), or stop by her office, Kokio 104, or call 734-9869 to arrange for on-campus delivery! 

Ecology Club 2020 Calendars are here!!

The Ecology Club, Nā Kia’i Honua (The Earth Guardians), a R.I.O of Kapi’olani Community College have again created a custom calendar of Hawaii’s unique plants and animals! All photos were taken by KCC faculty or staff! 

Quantities are limited – they are now available for a  $15.⁰⁰ donation

100% of the proceeds will go toward our ecology club’s future research experiences as well as our bi-annual conservation efforts at Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Reserve, in Hilo, Hawaii.  

Please help support the future generation of undergraduate research students and environmental conservationists!

To purchase ask any Ecology Club member  or contact Wendy Kuntz (wkuntz@hawaii.edu), KCC Ecology Club Faculty Advisor in her office, Kokio 104, or call 734-9869 to arrange for on-campus delivery! 

You can also look for our table at the Student Undergraduate Research Fair taking place Dec 11/12 in Lama Library!!

Updates on Manu o Kū Livestream

Aloha,

We know many of you have been watching the incubating pair of Manu o Kū that our project team has been livestreaming at:  https://www.twitch.tv/kccmanuoku

We are sad to report that the pair has lost their nest. We are not exactly sure of the cause, but it looks like the parents were not able to continue incubation.  The nest needs both parents, so if one parent is injured or sick they have to abandon.

We will continue to watch the area and hope that they pair decides to nest again soon!

Mahalo

KCC Student Manu o Kū Research Team (SCI 295)

If you would like to know more about the Manu o Kū on campus, please contact Dr. Wendy Kuntz, KCC Student Project Mentor (734-9869 wkuntz@hawaii.edu) and she will arrange a student consultation.

 

MANU O KŪ CAM LIVESTREAMING FROM KCC

Aloha from the KCC Students on the Manu o Kū project

We are happy to report that we have a new Manu o Kū nest incubating!  We think these birds are the same pair that lost their chick in January. We are hopeful that this new nest will be successful.  Currently Mom & Dad are incubating the egg (they share this important parental duty). We expect this egg to hatch sometime during the last week of March.

This livestream is a part of a SCI 295 class which is an undergraduate research project that monitors the nesting behavior, activity, and population size of the Manu o Kū on KCC campus as well as some sub-projects that monitor the Manu o Kū chick’s growth rate and the cultural importance of the Manu o Kū within the Hawaiian Islands.

If you would like to watch our KCC chick grow up through the livestream, you can go to https://www.twitch.tv/kccmanuoku




If you watched the last livestream, please note we have returned to our original link. If the livestream goes down, please be patient! Those of us on the Manu o Kū project are watching the livestream as well, so we know when it goes down and will get it up and running again as soon as possible! Mahalo to the library for their help and technical assistance. A special thanks to librarian Joy Oehlers and the rest of the library staff for being so patient and involved every step of the way.

The Manu o Kū (aka the White Fairy Tern or Gygis alba) is a seabird indigenous to the Hawaiian Islands. This species can be found across the Pacific as well as in the south Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean. Although listed as least concern on the IUCN red list, they are listed as threatened by the State of Hawaii. Because of this, these beautiful birds are protected by the State of Hawaii as well as the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Since they are protected, you are not allowed to get near, mess with, or harm the bird, chick, or their nest. So, if you see one and would like a better view, please stay a minimum of 10 meters away. The Manu o Kū is a bird of interest for us not only because it is a threatened, indigenous bird, but also because they are the official bird of the city and county of Honolulu and the Southern Shore of O’ahu and the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands are the only areas in Hawaii that they can be found nesting.

If you would like to know more about the Manu o Kū on campus, please contact Dr. Wendy Kuntz, KCC Student Project Mentor (734-9869 wkuntz@hawaii.edu) and she will arrange a student consultation. Manu o Kū nest on open branches and active nests on campus are marked with yellow flagging. Please let us know if you see an unmarked nesting tern. On campus, the KCC students can help answer any questions or help with a Manu o Kū chick reporting or rescue. If they are not available, or if you are off-campus, please visit www.whiteterns.org for phone number on who to call to report a chick on the ground or nest disturbance. This website has many amazing pictures of the Manu o Kū and their chicks, includes basic information about the Manu o Kū, and is where you can get involved in the city-wide Manu o Kū citizen science project.

Update on Manu-o-Kū chick cam

Since January, the KCC students have set up and been running a livestream of an active Manu-o-Kū or White Tern nest. The Manu-o-Kū  is the only seabird in Hawai‘i that uses a tree-nesting method. They will lay an egg on a forked branch or branch with an indention and sit on it to incubate. That is why it is a good opportunity to video stream and record the nesting stages of these beautiful and elegant sea bird for raising awareness and future research purposes.

It is amazing to know how many people participated in our video live-streaming project and were willing to lend us a hand. It is an honor for us to able to have so much enthusiasm and awareness from you, our audience. However, nature is not always sunshine and rainbows.
We are here to bring you the unfortunate news that very sadly, our beloved chick fell off the branch and lost its life on last Saturday.

Our hearts sunk when we saw the recording, as it was for the people who heard the news. I hope our audience can understand that sometimes not every life has the chance to grow up. There are risks involved in tree-nesting and because of how harsh nature can be that is why beautiful life shines even brighter. We will continue to monitor the Manu-o-Kū nesting around campus and we ask for your help protecting this special species.

Rest In Peace, our beloved little cotton ball.
Manu-o-Kū Project Students @KCC

For more information you may contact James Lee (James81@hawaii.edu) or project advisor, Dr. Wendy Kuntz (wkuntz@hawaii.edu).