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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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.  

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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Pair of nene goose standing in the grass
May 5, 2009

Pair of nene goose standing in the grass

Nene geese are the state birds of Hawai‘i and endangered species. Their populations were threatened by invasive predators including rats, cats, and mongoose. The USGS aided in the recovery of nene on Hawai‘i Island through population monitoring and movement patterns. 

Head-on view of a male mouflon staring directly back at the camera
June 12, 2008

Head-on view of a male mouflon

A large male mouflon sheep stares head-on at the camera of Dr. Steven C. Hess as he stands atop a‘a lava and among shrubs on Hawai‘i Island. 

Adult male mouflon stands broadside of the camera in a grassy field
June 12, 2008

Adult male mouflon stands broadside

An adult male mouflon stands broadside to the camera in a grassy field on Hawai‘i Island. Mouflon were introduced to Hawai‘i for trophy hunting in the 1950s. 

Palila opens māmane pods with its strong bill
July 19, 2007

Palila opens māmane pods with its strong bill

Palila possess large, strong bills which help them crush open māmane seed pods, their diet of choice. One of the many threats to palila was loss of habitat and their number one food source, māmane. 

Adult palila perched in a mamane tree
April 10, 2007

Adult palila perched in a māmane tree

An adult palila perches in a māmane tree on the slopes of Mauna Kea volcano. Palila are a finch-billed Hawaiian honeycreeper who are considered critically endangered.  

Researcher measures the wing of a palila nestling
July 18, 2006

Researcher measures the wing of a palila nestling

A very young palila nestling is given unique color bands and it's body measurements are taken on Mauna Kea volcano, Hawai‘i Island, Hawai‘i. In a multi-decadal study of palila and the factors influencing their population, Dr. Paul Banko has studied the diet, movement, and nesting behavior of these critically

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