Local nature links

General Hawai`i Nature sites

Hawai`i Nature Journal Jeanne Lindgren’s blog for the general reader about “Hawai’i plants and animals in the backyard and beyond”. (2013-2014)  http://hawaiinaturejournal.weebly.com/

Hawaiian Forest. Nate Yuen’s beautiful website with art quality photos and explanatory text. Check out his piece on Fairy Terns and his photo essay on a Hawaiian carnivorous caterpillar. Great attention to detail!  http://hawaiianforest.com/wp/

The Nature Conservancy. Blog highlighting TNC’s work in Hawai’i and the people who make it happen.   http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/hawaii/explore/index.htm

Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk (HEAR) Helping support effective science-based management of harmful non-native species in Hawaii and the Pacific. The organization is apparently no longer in action, but the website is info-rich. http://hear.org/

Hawai`i Division of Forestry and Wildlife http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dofaw/   

Hawai`i Association of Watershed Partnerships. Protecting the forests that provide the islands’ water. http://hawp.org/

The How Many Species Are there in Hawaii Web Page. From the mid-1990s, with lots of references. http://hbs.bishopmuseum.org/hispp.html#numbers

Hawai`i Horticulture: A Blog about gardening and plants in Hawai’i. Also includes posts on birds, slugs, lizards…  http://hihort.blogspot.com/2015/11/another-garden-lizard.html

Maui No Ka Oi Magazine Their Malama `Aina section has a great mix of stories on local nature topics. http://mauimagazine.net/category/maui-magazine/malama-aina/

Marine Life Photography.  A wealth of photos by Keoki and Yuko Stender. Covers fish, corals, and all types of marine inverts, as well as birds, marine mammals and more. http://www.marinelifephotography.com/

Native Plants

HI Plant ID Flickr page   https://www.flickr.com/groups/hawaiiplantid/

A page where members can post photos of plants they would like to have identified.

Starr Environmental   The website of Forest and Kim Starr, and a motherlode of photos of both native and non-native plant and insect species of Hawaii. The species listings can be searched by common name, Hawaiian name and scientific name. The site also includes reports on habitat restoration and new species listings for Hawaii. http://www.starrenvironmental.com/resources/

Plant Extinction Prevention Program of Hawai`i.  Including the heroes who dangle off cliffs to hand-pollinate rare plants. http://www.pepphi.org/

Laukahi: The Hawai`i Plant Conservation Network. http://laukahi.org/


Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project. Great educational site with overviews of their conservation work. http://www.mauinuiseabirds.org/seabirds-in-hawaii/

Hawai`i Audubon Society. With downloadable birding guides by island. http://www.hawaiiaudubon.org/birding-in-hawaii

Hawai`i Birdwatching Facebook page. Wonderful resource with lots of activity from serious birders. https://www.facebook.com/groups/HIBirdwatchingLT

The Birds of the Hawaiian Islands: Occurrence, History, Distribution, and Status. By Robert L. Pyle and Peter Pyle. This site provides an official checklist for all species of birds documented as occurring in the Hawaiian Islands. Also has species accounts, and photos of rare occurrences.  http://hbs.bishopmuseum.org/birds/rlp-monograph/Introduction.htm

Starr Environmental HI Birds page http://www.starrenvironmental.com/flickr/birds/

xeno-canto.  This site is not specific to Hawai`I but it is an amazing collaborative effort to document bird sounds from around the planet. http://www.xeno-canto.org/

Field Guides to Hawaiian Birds. By Douglas Pratt, with a link to his Hawaiian Honeycreeper art gallery http://www.hdouglaspratt.com/books.html


Hawaii Insect ID Flickr group A website where members can post photos of plants they would like to have identified. https://www.flickr.com/groups/hawaii-insect-id/pool/with/29802557111/

Hawaii Entomological Society facebook page. This is a fun and active site to cruise. Great photos and comments from knowledgeable bug-lovers.   www.facebook.com/groups/Hawaiianentsoc/

Butterfly Society of Hawaii. The Society has apparently disbanded, and the site is still up. http://butterflysocietyofhawaii.org/hawaiis-butterflies/  

Reptiles and Amphibians

Starr Environmental HI Herps page  http://www.starrenvironmental.com/flickr/herps/

Hawai`i Wildlife Fund. Includes info on their efforts to protect hawksbill turtles. http://www.wildhawaii.org/volunteer.html#recovery

NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Regional Office.  Info on  sea turtle-fishery interactions http://www.fpir.noaa.gov/SFD/SFD_turtleint.html

Fish and Reefs

Waikiki Aquarium species listings. Including fish, seaweeds, and marine invertebrates. http://www.waikikiaquarium.org/experience/

Marine Life Photography.  Fabulous site: an abundance of photos of land and sea creatures by Keoki and Yuko Stender. http://www.marinelifephotography.com/

Maui Fishponds. See http://mauifishpond.com/ and http://mauimagazine.net/deep-wisdom/

Marine Mammals

Pacific Whale Foundation http://www.pacificwhale.org/

Hawai`i Wildlife Fund. Includes info on their efforts to protect endangered Hawaiian Monk Seals. http://www.wildhawaii.org/marinelife/seals.html#about

Hawai‘i Marine Mammal Consortium. Information on their research on Hawaiian marine mammals, including research on whale song.  http://www.hmmc.org/

Cascadia Research Collective. Information on their research on Hawaiian marine mammals, including the lesser-known species.  http://www.cascadiaresearch.org/hawaii.htm

Wild Dolphin Foundation. http://www.wilddolphin.org/newsletter.html

Weather, climate, time

Hawai`i Weather Today. Great site by Glenn James, updated daily with more than just a normal weather report. http://www.hawaiiweathertoday.com/  

Windy TV. This is an amazing way to see what the weather is up to locally or planet-wide. Have fun navigating and exploring the different overlays. https://www.windytv.com/

Hānau ka Ua: Hawaiian Rain Names. http://www.kamehamehapublishing.org/hanaukaua/

Hawaiian Moon Phases. A brief introduction to the Hawaiian lunar cycle, with diagrams. http://pvs.kcc.hawaii.edu/ike/hookele/hawaiian_lunar_month.html  Also see: http://www.imiloahawaii.org/57/hawaiian-moon-names

Hawaiian Moon Calendar. Nice article about kaulana mahina the Hawaiian lunar calendar.   http://mauimagazine.net/hawaiian-moon-calendar/

2016 Hawaiian Moon Calendar: Ke Ala o ka Mahina http://www.kamehamehapublishing.org/_assets/publishing/multimedia/apps/mooncalendar/index.html