Yesterday was another thrilling sunny day spent indoors, but this time we were in a room that actually had windows. We spent the morning downloading and pre-processing our data that we collected in the field on Friday. It ended up being a pretty simple process since we had done it once before. After that we […]
Today was our first day off on Kauai! We started our day by touring about Waimea State Park and checking out the Waimea canyon – which was very accurately described to us as the Grand Canyon covered in trees. I got to experience some of my favorite things today: the sound of hundreds of bees buzzing […]
This post is for June 23rd, but a lack of internet prevented posting until now.
In the morning the newly-named “Veg Crew” wandered around our study site taking waypoints and filling out our data dictionary attributes for different patches of vegetation – natives, invasives, mixed patches, etc. We got to walk along a beautiful beach and […]
This morning we returned to the heiau to take kite and fixed wing aircraft photos. I set up points for ground-truthing the images with the tops of can white tupperware lids. These were within the image boundaries and we logged very accurate waypoints of them to georectify the final image. This also included some fun […]
Yesterday was our first day out doing work for our individual projects. In the morning the vegetation group worked on the native plant grid and got spectroscopy readings for a plant called wiliwili, we only managed to complete readings on two plants because we were dodging squalls all morning and had to pack up all […]
Yesterday we went on a tour of the National Tropical Botanical Garden’s facilities and gardens – including locations where Jurassic Park was filmed! The trees here are even more crazy than the ones I was raving about in Long Beach. I particularly like the skeletal fig trees that grow all over the place here. The […]
We got to Kauai today and have spent our afternoon settling in and exploring the surrounding area. It is absolutely gorgeous, I will post pictures soon. We are in a totally clutch location with a creek running nearby with banana and coconut palms around. The landscape is very similar to the island of Pemba off […]