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October 21, 2016
As part of our research on small mammals we use track tubes.  They are a great tool for monitoring small mammal populations without actually having to capture the animals in live traps.  This technique is...
October 21, 2016
In late August and early September 2016 we heard big news about the decisions regarding the endangered status of two different species.  I felt happy about both of them.  Even though they were sort of...
October 17, 2016
Ancient Hawaiian legend warns not to pick the ‘ōhelo berries on the way to the Kilauea volcano crater, doing so will bring fog and mist and cause you to lose your way. At the crater a churning lake of lava...
October 14, 2016
Sometimes working in species conservation invokes a roller coaster of emotions.  The highs of our successes certainly help get through the rough times, and fuel hope that our fights are warranted and will...
October 14, 2016
The ‘alalā, also known as the Hawaiian Crow (Corvus hawaiiensis) may look very similar to mainland crows and ravens but something important sets them apart. ‘Alalā love to eat fruit! Along with small...
October 05, 2016
Conservation of species is not usually a straight-forward matter.  It typically involves government agencies and scientists coming together, often with support from captive breeding experts and the public, in...
October 03, 2016
Paternity tests for humans, using special DNA markers known as microsatellites, have become commonplace, and it takes only a cheek swab, a few plucked hairs, or a small amount of blood to provide a human genetics...
September 30, 2016
This month I’ll continue discussing some of the rare plant species that we targeted in 2016 for seed collections as part of the California Plant Rescue.  Calochortus dunnii is a very rare member of the...
September 22, 2016
For the staff members, the day began at 6 am where we congregated in the lab, began counting the mountain yellow-legged frog (MYLF) tadpoles and transferring them from their tanks to transport buckets. We ended up...
September 09, 2016
Can you remember back to the bird houses we built when we were kids? They were just a few crude pieces of plywood slapped together! But that plywood magically filled our yards with the beauty of birds. There’...

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