Isles of Refuge: Wildlife and History of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

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University of Hawaii Press, 2001 - Science - 205 pages
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In Isles of Refuge, the first book solely devoted to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, field biologist Mark Rauzon shares his extensive, first-hand knowledge of their natural history while providing an engaging narrative of his travels. Braving seasickness, bad weather, and biting bird ticks, he journeyed from Nihoa to Kure to study and photograph plants and animals for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: rare palms, sharks, turtles, seals, and thousands of birds--finches, terns, petrels, noddies, shearwaters, curlews, boobies, tropicbirds, ducks, and albatrosses, or gooneys, famed throughout the Pacific for their flying prowess and bizarre breeding rituals.

Isolation and access restrictions have led to the recovery of many of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands' animal and plant populations to pre-exploitation levels, but they have also resulted in the general public's ignorance of the islands and their ecosystems. Informative and enjoyable, Isles of Refuge invites readers to learn more about the history and natural wonders of this invaluable resource.

 

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Page 6 - Mears (34, pp. 359, 360) writes: This island, or rock, bears the form of a saddle, high at each end, and low in the middle. To the south it is covered with verdure; but on the north, west, and east sides it is a barren rock, perpendicularly steep, and does not appear to be accessible but to the feathery race, with which it abounds. It was therefore named Bird Island. Corney (11, p. 73) in the bark Columbia, with 60 native Hawaiians on board, passed Nihoa on April 17, 1817: Next day we passed Mokoo...

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Mark J. Rauzon is professor of geography at Laney College in Oakland, California. He is also a seabird biologist specializing in the effects and eradication of invasive animals and plants on tropical islands.

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