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Keeping Track of "Caly"

Caly isn't likely to wonder off off, but with a remote camera and monitoring station online 24-hours a day, USGS and partners at the State of Hawai‘i Division of Forestry and Wildlife, University of Hawai‘i, and the USFWS can learn how an extremely rare plant is responding to changes in environmental conditions.

Ecologist examines cliff-side plants
USGS Reserch Ecologist Lucas Fortini examines a Cyanea calycina, or haha, growing in the Wai‘anae Mountains on O‘ahu, Hawai‘i. Haha is a rare and endangered plant endemic to the island of O‘ahu, Hawai‘i.(Public domain.)

Cyanea calycina, or haha, are endemic to the island of O‘ahu and fewer than 200 individuals are known to exisit. Now anyone can get a glimpse of this extremely rare plant via this real-time web portal.

Learn more about how researchers are studying the responses of plants to shifting environmental conditions and how land managers are using the information streaming in via remote systems:

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Read more about Lucas Fortini's research here.

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