Down by the Wayside
The NPS Inventory & Monitoring Program partnered with Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park to enhance a wayside sign at the widely visited Nāhuku site (Thurston Lava Tube).
Now any park visitor reading this wayside and listening to the natural birdsong of the area (‘ōma‘o frequently call there) can supplement their understanding of Pacific island national park birds. Smartphone users simply scan a QR code at the top of the wayside that directs visitors to an NPS video about Landbirds monitoring in the parks.
QR codes are popping up in interpretive media throughout national parks, opening up a whole new avenue for resources exploration. Usage of this feature is easily trackable, giving parks a good idea of the popularity of the product. Hopefully, this is a good “sign” of things to come.