Are you a natural history buff? Have you ever thought about starting a nature journal? Wish you could better identify the trees and plants in your neighborhood?
We hope to nurture a community of naturalists in Hawai’i through a new organization dedicated to providing an array of field experiences and learning tools. Our goal is to complement the good work of our islands’ many conservation organizations through intensive training programs and enriching leisure experiences. Whether that means botanical drawing classes, or developing community nature centers is up to you!
Hawai’i Nature Hui is now an official Field Station for the Volunteer Survey Project coordinated by the Reef Environmental Education Foundation, also known as REEF.
REEF’s Volunteer Survey Project is a GREAT way to learn to identify common reef fish and gives you a chance to snorkel (or dive) with a purpose. The monitoring program was developed in 1990 with support from The Nature Conservancy and guidance by the Southeast Fisheries Science Center of the National Marine Fisheries Service. The project allows volunteer SCUBA divers and snorkelers to collect and report information on marine fish populations anywhere in the Hawaiian Islands, and beyond. The data are collected using a standardized method–the roving diver technique–and are housed in a publicly-accessible database on REEF’s Website. Over 10,000 surveys have been conducted in the Hawaiian Islands since 2001.
The date for our first REEF training will be announced soon and we hope to continue offering the training up to once per month, depending upon participant interest. To be notified of our first training class, be sure to click the “Subscribe” button at the right of your screen. In the meantime, to learn more about REEF, visit www.reef.org.