|Today we visited Tern Island at French Frigate Shoals. We witnessed the spetacular departure of a twin engine plane that exchanged Representative Case for Malia Chow: the runway must first be cleared of birds. After an introductory orientation to the refuge and information on monk seals, we walked the runway to photograph tens ofthousands of birds, and had a BBQ. (There are merely tens of thousands of birds because this is not the primary breeding season.) Dr. Cindy Hunter gave an informative presentation on coral reef ecosystem assessments and monitoring, in preparation for our own Reef Check transect tomorrow.
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