Hawai‘i Bioblitz Week 2013

Awareness Week LogoHawai‘i Bioblitz is a week-long, statewide activity coinciding with Hawai‘i Invasive Species Awareness Week that will invite residents of all ages to document and learn about the plants and animals in their own backyard – or anywhere else in Hawai‘i – by uploading digital photos of what you see to the Hawai‘i Bioblitz mission on the Project Noah website or mobile app. Local experts and Project Noah website users from around the world will help you identify the species and whether it is native or non-native to Hawaii. How cool is that?

Access their mission page here.
See their informational flyer here.

When: March 4-10th, 2013
Where: Any location in the State of Hawai‘i

Here are a few events you may visit
during the week here on the Big Island:

Forest Work Day at Keauohana, organized by the
Lowland Wet Forest Working Group

Date & time: March 9, 9:00am-4:00pm
Location: Keauohana. Parking is at the intersection of Pahoa-Kalapana Rd and Upper Puna Rd, near Black Sands subdivision.  The trail into the forest is just across the highway from there.  Feel free to come and go as you like between 9 am and 4 pm.
Details: Keauohana has one of the best lowland wet forests left in the islands, and is a truly inspiring place, but the weeds are threatening the forest. We’ll spend the day helping out by making a dent in the weed infestations and doing some out-planting of native plants. There’s plenty hand pulling to do.  Useful tools include pruning saws, clippers, loppers and machetes. Long pants, sturdy shoes, water and snacks are recommended.  We will be mostly in the shade and there will be mosquitoes. Please take care to avoid bringing weed seeds into the forest, and invite anyone you think might be interested.

Space Invasive Species Information Booth, organized by the
Big Island Invasive Species Committee

Date & Time: Sunday, March 10, 9am – 4pm
Location: ‘Imiloa Planetarium, 600 ‘Imiloa Place, Hilo, Hawai‘i 96720
Contact: (808) 969-9703, www.imiloahawaii.org
Details: The event is free to the public, draws well over 2,000 people, and features Journey through the Universe, a national science education initiative that engages communities using Earth and space sciences and space exploration to inspire and educate. This year, ‘Imiloa is partnering with several UHH departments to offer fun and engaging activities for keiki and their families.
The BIISC booth will highlight our workshops held during Onizuka Science Days, and educate on invasive species pathways, policy to prevent invasives in space, and the ways in which space science and remote sensing help detect pests on Earth. Spin the wheel game to test your species knowledge, and name a sci-fi movie with an invasive species theme.

Volunteer Day on Mauna Kea, organized by the
Hawai‘i Island Chamber of Commerce

Date & Time: Saturday, March 2, 8am-3:30pm
Location: Meet at 640 N. A‘ohoku Place, Institute for Astronomy Office
Contact: RSVP by Friday, Feb 22. HICC Office: 935-7178, admin@hicc.biz
Details: Visit the Hale Pohaku astronomy support facilities on Mauna Kea, at 9,500′ elevation! Lend a hand in managing invasive plants and supporting native ecosystems on Mauna Kea. Volunteers should bring sunglasses, sunscreen, light rain gear, warm clothing, and hiking boots.
See the Chamber Volunteer Day on Mauna Kea flyer (PDF) for full information.

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