Mālama Pūpūkea-Waimea MLCD

Weekend Updates

In this issue:

Rain Rain Go Away

Surfer(theBar) Hosts 1st Biological Monitoring Training

Join us for Volunteer Orientation Training

Critter of the Week - The Red Pencil Urchin (ha uke uke ula ula)

Shark's Cove - Mar 3, 2012

 
 
Rain Rain Go Away
Rain, wind, and all around poor weather has hindered MPW's outreach these past few weeks. Rain opened the river outlet at Waimea (see photo) dumping sediment and debris into the bay. Despite turning the normally clear water into an ugly brown mess, this natural outflow is a vital part of the ecosystem process.

Even when the tent is not set up, MPW staff and volunteers are working hard to prepare for this summer's busy schedule of training and other activities. Mahalo for being patient while we wait out the bad weather and please keep an eye for email updates or check on our home page www.pupukeawaimea.org for scheduled events.
Photo by Drew Wheeler


Surfer(theBar) Hosts 1st Biological Monitoring Training
On Saturday February 25, 2012, MPW in cooperation with The Nature Conservancy, held its first training session for the new Biological Monitoring Program being introduced this year.

"Surfer(the Bar)" at Turtle Bay resort graciously donated their venue for our first of four training modules. Mahalo to Chris Pirrone, manager, for all of his help.

Seventeen eager volunteers attended this first session, which covered the basic identification of the indicator fish (with a slide show quiz), and introduction to basic survey techniques, including a land exercise that focused on survey area and basic fish size estimation.

Volunteers who complete all four training modules will be certified to participate in MPW's official scientific surveys conducted this summer. Make up training for anyone who missed the last session will be conducted April 7 at the Tent (Sharks Cove) along with the next module of training.

Watch for details in future notices and/or emails. Photo by Bob Leinau


Join us for Volunteer Orientation Training
The first general volunteer orientation training to get us geared up for a busy summer will be conducted on Saturday April 7th at the MPW outreach tent set up at Sharks Cove beginning at 10 a.m.

Training will include an introduction to MPW and orientation on all outreach activities and areas of volunteer involvement. Make up training for Biological Monitoring Module 1 will also be conducted that day.
Photo By Drew Wheeler


Critter of the Week - The Red Pencil Urchin (ha uke uke ula ula)
The Red Pencil Urchin is one of the most colorful urchins found in the MLCD. Unlike the spiny urchins found in Hawaii, this echinoderm has thick blunt spines that cannot inflict injury to humans.

Before the creation of the modern chalkboard or dry board, the spines of this urchin were sometimes used as chalk on slate writing boards, hence an alternate name, "Slate Urchin." Reference John Hoover Hawaii Sea Creatures.
Photo by ScubaDrew VideoWorks.