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> Sept-Oct 2014 - Turtle Tracks
> July 29, 2014 - HWF begins keiki marine debris program
> July 17, 2014 - Fencing meant to protect dunes and turtles
> June 4, 2014 - Federal Court rules against Maui County
> May 30, 2014 - Dawn Patrol: Sea Turtle Nesting Season
> Jan 17, 2014 - Hawaii Wildlife Fund partners with Bluecology

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Turtle Tracks
Sept-Oct 2014 - MAUI, HI - Beneath the starlight, the sand begins to boil with life. A tiny head emerges, followed by a flipper. Soon turtle hatchlings - each no bigger than a toddler’s hand - swarm the beach, heroically crawling toward the sea.

Since 1996, Hawaii Wildlife Fund volunteers have spent sleepless nights patrolling Maui beaches, PHOTO: Cheryl Kinganticipating this magical moment. Two sea-turtle species nest here: honu, the green turtle snorkelers often see, and honu'ea, the endangered Hawaiian hawksbill. While most honu nest in the remote reaches of the archipelago, honu'ea nest exclusively in the main Hawaiian Islands, primarily on the Big Island. With fewer than 100 nesting hawksbills statewide, the success of each nest is crucial for the survival of the species.

Cheryl King, HWF's vice president and research director, is Maui's sea turtle expert --and midwife of sorts. She has closely monitored honu'ea and honu since 2000. Finding these elusive reptiles is no easy feat, she says. "We've identified eight nesting females on Maui, which is as much of an accomplishment as it is a reality check."
> Read article in Maui No Ka 'Oi magazine

HWF begins keiki marine debris program
July 29, 2014 - MAUI, HI - West Hawaii Today
Hawaii Wildlife Fund will begin its Marine Debris Keiki Education & Outreach program on Hawaii Island this fall.

The program will bring two marine science mentors into 20 elementary schools to introduce topics such as ocean circulation, HWF begins keiki marine debris programmarine ecology and human impacts, including marine debris. Mentors will work with teachers to coordinate relevant student activities that meet the math and science benchmarks and Common Core standards for the state Department of Education for each grade level. These in-class lectures will conclude with student presentations of potential solutions to reduce marine debris in Hawaii and elsewhere throughout the Pacific Basin.

The program will culminate with a family beach cleanup day at island marine debris hubs including Kamilo Point in Ka'u, Pololu in North Kohala, Kanekanaka Point in South Kohala, Cape Kumukahi in Puna, Kaipalaoa in Hilo and Ooma in Kona.The program began with financial support from a Hawaii Wildlife Fund T-shirt fundraiser and will now be sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Debris Program.

For more information about this marine debris prevention program or to sign up a classroom, contact Catherine at spina.hwf@gmail.com; and for more information about volunteering for its next Ka‘u coastal cleanup event, contact Megan at kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com or 769-7629. Find additional resources and details about HWF’s ongoing conservation projects online at wildhawaii.org.
> Read article in West Hawaii Today

Fencing meant to protect dunes and turtles
HWF's Hawksbill Sea Turtle Recovery Project protects turtles
July 17, 2014 - MAUI, HI - Maui News
Kealia Pond National Wildlife Area Park Ranger Courtney Brown (right) and Cheryl King, vice president and Maui research coordinator for Hawaii Wildlife Fund, bolt a section of fencing together along North Kihei Road on Tuesday morning. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photoThe fence made from recycled plastic is designed to keep nesting sea turtles from cresting the dunes and stepping into traffic. In separate incidents in the 1990s, a pair of endangered hawksbill turtles were killed when struck by cars. It is estimated that there are fewer than 100 adult female hawksbills that nest in Hawaii. King said the fencing is also a way to protect the dunes, which see a lot of activity being so close to both the road and the beach. The project also involves removing the old wood and wire sand fencing that formerly protected the turtles and fragile dunes.
> Read article in the Maui News

Federal Court rules against Maui County
County subject to penalties for violation of Clean Water Act

June 2, 2014 - HONOLULU, HI
On Friday, May 30, the federal district court in Honolulu ruled that Maui County is violating the Clean Water Act by using injection wells to illegally discharge wastewater from a water treatment facility. The court concluded that most of the three to five million gallons of wastewater the Kahekili Beach on west Maui. Joe West - ShutterstockCounty’s Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility dumps into the wells each day flows through groundwater and emerges offshore of popular Kahekili Beach Park in West Maui, where the wastewater-laden groundwater "substantially affects the physical, chemical, and biological integrity of the ocean water." The court will impose civil penalties for the County’s violations following a hearing set for March 17, 2015.

In 2012, four Hawaii community groups - Hawaii Wildlife Fund, Surfrider Foundation, West Maui Preservation Association, and Sierra Club-Maui Group - filed suit under the federal Clean Water Act to stop Maui County from discharging wastewater into the ocean from its Lahaina treatment plant without a permit. Their lawsuit followed years of unsuccessful efforts to resolve the issue out of court.
> Read Press Release

Dawn Patrol: Sea Turtle Nesting Season
County subject to penalties for violation of Clean Water Act

May 30, 2014 - MAUI, HI - Wildlife officials are asking the public to be mindful of Hawksbill and green sea turtles as they begin their 2014 nesting season along Maui beaches next month.

As sea turtles emerge onto beaches to lay their eggs, they leave distinctive 3 ft. wide tracks behind in the sand. Photo credit: Cheryl King.The public is advised to stay at least 30 feet away from nesting turtles and watch quietly, as they are easily disturbed.

Officials from the US Fish and Wildlife Service say the success of their nests is crucial for the survival of these threatened and endangered species.

In addition to keeping a safe distance, wildlife officials ask the public to immediately report sightings of nesting activity, fresh turtle tracks, nest hatchlings, or turtles in trouble by contacting one of the following individuals:

  • Skippy Hau, Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Aquatic Resources: (808) 243-5294
  • Courtney Brown, US Fish and Wildlife Service: (808) 268-6316, courtney_brown@fws.gov
  • Cheryl King, Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund: (808) 385-5464, mauihawksbills@gmail.com
> Read Entire Article online at MauiNow.com

Hawaii Wildlife Fund partners with Bluecology
New partnership expands HWF's volunteer, outreach opportunities

January 17, 2014 - MAUI, HI - Hawaii Wildlife Fund has formed a new partnership with a California-based marine nonprofit organization called Bluecology, which specializes in eco-travel and volunteer efforts. Working with Bluecology, HWF will offer new student field programs and volunteer vacations for adults on Maui. Through education, community service and outreach, the organizations will work together to further the cause of protection of Hawaii's threatened species and habitats.

"Hawaii Wildlife Fund depends on volunteers to help its core team conduct our native wildlife monitoring and habitat restoration projects," said Hawaii Wildlife Fund president Hannah Bernard, adding "Partnering with Bluecology will allow Hawaii Wildlife Fund to tap into a larger pool of volunteers and thus expand the research we are doing. This is a great opportunity for people who want to give back while having fun on vacation."

HWF has conducted conservation programs and projects on Maui and the island of Hawaii since 1996. Actively engaging local communities, HWF works to protect Hawaii's fragile marine ecosystem and wildlife through research, education and advocacy.

Based in California, Bluecology's senior staff has a combined 50 years of experience establishing community-based conservation and marine protected areas. They assist communities in Micronesia, Central and South America by providing experts and trained volunteers to help develop and implement a variety of conservation programs. The new partnership with HWF will expand Bluecology's reach to Hawaii.

Volunteerism is core to both organizations. The partnership expands the ways that individuals can become hands-on active participants in marine conservation. For those who do not wish to or are unable to take an active role in conservation efforts, they can help spread the word through social media. Also support through donations is always welcome.
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> Learn more about Bluecology

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