After Dark in the Park Video Archives - Oct 23 2012
October 23, 2012 - "The Palila's Future: Restoring a Māmane Forest on Mauna Kea"
High above the clouds on the slopes of Mauna Kea the dry forest harbors the critically endangered Hawaiian finch, the palila. Because of over 200 years of damage by grazing animals, this māmane and naio forest has been severely degraded and so, too, has the palila's population.Today, the Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Project (MKFRP) is actively restoring this special forest through volunteer outplanting and seed scatter projects. MKFRP's Volunteer Coordinator, Jackson Bauer, will present about the restoration of this rarely-visited forest and its feathery inhabitants.
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Did You Know?
`A`ali`i (Dodonaea viscosa) is an important shrub with many traditional Hawaiian uses. Its hard and durable wood makes a fine spear. Seed pods are fashioned into beautiful lei, while its red capsules can be boiled to make dye.