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Two Reef Talks Scheduled at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park!

May 9, 2013

Please Join us for two Reeftalks next week at our Visitor Center:



Tuesday, May 14th from 6:30-8:00pm at the

Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park Visitor Center.

Meet the New UH Sea Grant Extension Specialist Pelika Bertleman!

     Pelika is a native Hawaiian born and raised on the island of Kaua’i.  She has been living and working on the Big Island for the past 18 years and has a long history with the coastal communities of West Hawaii, first as a crew member of the voyaging canoe Makali’i and later as a researcher conducting shoreline monitoring along the North Kona and South Kohala shorelines.   She has been involved with many organizations and projects working to better our environment through conservation efforts and lifestyle changes.

                                     Thursday, May 16th:  6:30 pm-7:30 pm at the

Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park Visitor Center


Hawai‘i’s other whales: recent studies of beaked whales, dwarf sperm whales, melon-headed whales and false killer whales off the island of Hawai‘i

Presented by:  Robin W. Baird,  Cascadia Research Collective

Since 2002 extensive studies have been undertaken each year of the lesser-known species of whales and dolphins off the Kona coast, resulting in over 1,000 sightings of 18 different species of toothed whales and dolphins. This work has involved studying movements of individuals using satellite tags, diving behavior using suction cup tags, genetic relationships from biopsy samples, and social organization using photo-identification of individuals. This talk will highlight some of the most interesting research results from the last few years of work including identification of some resident populations, and some of the conservation and management implications of the work.

Robin Baird first began working with Hawaiian odontocetes in 1999 base on Maui, and expanded his work to the Kona coast in 2002. He has been a Research Biologist with Cascadia Research Collective since 2003, with most of his research efforts focusing on toothed whales in the         Hawaiian Islands. From 2001 to 2003 he worked with NOAA Fisheries in North Carolina, and prior to that was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He     currently serves as a member of the False Killer Whale Take Reduction Team and is on the     Committee of Scientific Advisors for the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission. He is based in Olympia, Washington, though spends a couple months each year working in the Hawaiian Islands. For more information on this research see 


If you have comments or questions call Chantal Chung at 808-329-2861 or email 


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