Airplane startup ambi
Betsy Harrison Gagné
Po'ouli; Hawaii endangered birds
Po'ouli; Hawaii endangered birds
NPR/NGS Radio Expeditions
11 Mar 1998
- Haleakala volcano
- 20.70972 -156.25333
- Sennheiser MKH 40
- Sennheiser MKH 30
Stereo=1; Decoded MS stereo
NPR/NGS RADIO EXPEDITIONS
6:45 am 3/11/98
Les Gilbert (lg) MS recording, figure 8 on right sony d-10 pro sennheiser mics
In airport preparing to take off in helicopter
1:09--1:22 aircraft passing
5:59 begin take off
helicopter humm to 13:13
13:22 helicopter again passing to 14:20
14:29 birds in background chirping, talking
28: 09 (over radio) Jim Survey 1-4 go ahead
28:46 Survey . . .
talking over radio
talking about how they search, casual conversation nvg, moving gear around @36:37-45
36 : 52
Bird wasn't found yesterday, was captured
we're at frisbee meadow, got its name when i was on a NSF student originated studies project looking at high elevation rainforest ecosystems shaped like a frisbee round pocket of grass perched at 7000 feet at edge of . . . also used to play frisbee . . . average vegetation about chest height most plants found no where else except ... north slope . . . cold, steep . . . a lot of commitment to work here. . .
38 : 50 bg
prob most active time of year, breeding season so singing more than usual, concerned about not just one bird but ecosystem that supports
Besty Ganea, Harrison in '73 botanist and malacologist, i'm now acting program manager for natural area reserves system. Native ecosystems is reason for living . . .
for me ultimate job evaluation is if all of this is here long after we're gone . . .
43 : 34 bg
one burning question what was this place like before people?
44 : 00 bg
biggest shock for me was to hear Japanese bush warblers it's an introduced bird-- pretty upset about that and cardinals have moved into the area...
My name is Jack Jeffries i'm a wildlife biologist for fish and wildlife services, refuges my stake of ground is the big island..i'm biologist for . . . national refuge my job is for the birds and that's what i do for a living . . .
the thing is you can go into an area once-- chance of seeing po'ouli nil and go there 100 times and not find and just happen to be there on the 101st time and one just jumps out in front of you--recording gets bad for a bit
this tree we're going by is the geranium that gets to be about 10-15 feet tall . . .
going through bush, recording quality bad at certain points
walking continued to
48 : 28 bg
funny you look back across the gulch and you can't tell there's an open flat space where we camp just looks like a dense compact native shrubland.
more walking through vegetation
quite a view 7000 feet below us, clouds below us. ..
going down to the forest.
walking recording getting fuzzy
55 : 33 bg
this is an unusual site to see--this called orolabius very unique distribution, one peak in Tahiti and here in Hi
56 : 02 bg
that's an opapani you hear in the background
56 : 19 bg
Into the forest
56:31 ---honeycreeper whistling
going up and down
57 : 38 bg
we use blue flagging tape to mark our main trail so we can see where we are going...
59 : 03 bg
relatively intact area where ground cover is pretty solid ferns-- shuttlecock ferns
59:29 cj are you looking more than listening?
59:32 we sort of like one eye and both ears on the birds one eye on the ground and maybe have an ear--sometimes if there's a pig out there you'll hear snorting or shuffling in the bush so its best not to surprise pigs they don't like to be as we say surprised
1:00:03 john - our project director found himself up a tree they'll charge i was charged by a pig on the big island . . . . I think its mostly they 're not really sure and they get startled, especially if you get between a sow and her baby . . . and they are known for their razor sharp tusks, i've seen what they've done to hunting dogs--its not a pretty sight, I've had enough surgery-- I don't need any more from being carved up by a pig.
1:01:11--26 squeeky chirping
oh, this is a good bunch of birds
1:01:45 one of the better beds of bird ambi., continue chirping and flies buzzing to 1:03:40
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