Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center

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Please enjoy these images of the wildlife and landscapes PIERC studies throughout the Pacific Islands

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A little red bird being handled by scientist
August 31, 2015

Iiwi banded at Hakalau 1

Adult Iiwi being banded at Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge, Hawaii

Man untangling a little red bird from a net.
August 31, 2015

iwi in net

Adult Iiwi being removed from a mist net which was used to capture the bird for banding

Image showing Acacia koa trees with grass understory
April 22, 2015

Koa trees with grass understory

Koa (Acacia koa) trees with grass understory at Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge, Hawai‘i. Koa trees have been planted as part of habitat restoration efforts on the Refuge. 

Male Laysan duck on water
December 31, 2014

Male Laysan duck (Anas laysanensis) at Midway Atoll

Male Laysan duck (Anas Laysanensis) at Midway Atoll, Hawai‘i

Panoramic photograph of koa trees with grass understory
November 18, 2014

Koa trees at Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge

Koa (Acacia koa) trees in former pastureland in the Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge, Hawai‘i.

Maui sunset through the trees
November 15, 2013

Maui sunset through the trees

Our research collaborator, Corinna Pinzari, snapped this breathtaking shot of a Maui treeline silhouetted by the setting sun. Corinna is a bat researcher who works closely with USGS ecologist, Dr. Frank Bonaccorso. When our work days are over the bat crew's work is only just beginning when mistnetting and capturing audio recordings of bat foraging throughout the Hawaiian

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Wetland and mountain landscape at Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge
December 5, 2012

Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge

Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge

‘Ōhi‘a in bloom
August 11, 2011

‘Ōhi‘a in bloom

‘Ōhi‘a trees are one of very few native plants that dominate the forests of Hawai‘i. They are currently threatened by a fungal disease which is quickly spreading across the island, Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death. This picture shows an ‘Ōhi‘a tree covered in bright red lehua flowers in the Kahuka unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. 

Close up of an ‘Ōhi‘a lehua
August 11, 2011

Close up of an ‘Ōhi‘a lehua

A dew covered lehua flower of an ‘Ōhi‘a tree at the Kahuku unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. These flowers are a favorite meal for many of the native Hawaiian forest birds throughout the Hawaiian islands.  

Image: An Endangered Puaiohi (Small Mountain Thrush) in Hawaii
May 19, 2011

An Endangered Puaiohi (Small Mountain Thrush) in Hawaii

Many species of Hawaiian honeycreepers have persisted into the 20th century because high elevation rain forests on the islands of Kaua’i, Maui, and Hawai'i are cool enough to limit transmission of introduced avian malaria (Plasmodium relictum). Malaria transmission is tied closely to the effects of temperature on development of malarial parasites within their

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Aerial photograph of Laysan Island, Hawaii
July 24, 2010

Aerial photograph of Laysan Island, Hawaii

An aerial photograph of Laysan Island, Hawaii, part of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.

Plants at Kahuku unit in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park
September 17, 2009

Plants at Kahuku unit in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

A myriad of plants can be seen from above in this photograph taken at the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Acquired in 2009, the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park has been an area that multiple USGS PIERC researchers study in, including Dr. Steven C. Hess who studies invasive

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