James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge

Thanks to the Pacific Office of the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Hawaii Science Writers Association, I recently got a chance to visit the James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge to view habitat for wetland birds and spend time with Jason Graham to learn about the endangered yellow-faced bee.

As many of you know, I am working with UH researchers on an National Science Foundation project called ʻIke Wai, to study Hawaiʻi's freshwater aquifers. This gives me a unique opportunity to get back outdoors into nature and the environment, and to reconnect to a personal interest of mine, Aloha ʻAina.

The James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge is part of the ahupuaʻa that starts with the watershed in the Koʻolau mountains and results in freshwater springs that feed the wetlands of the refuge.

I believe in the interconnectedness of everything so you will find, in addition to the tech and open data topics, posts here about the watershed, wetlands, native ecosystems, birds and whatever interesting corners my curiosity leads me. Mahalo for joining me on this journey.