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"It Takes a Hui" - 'White Tern' talk with author Susan Scott

march 9 | 3:00-4:00pm

It Takes a Hui: How citizen scientists, researchers, government employees, educators, wildlife groups, writers, photographers, tree trimmers, birders, office workers, condo dwellers and others came together to help Hawaii’s White Terns.”

 In 1961, only one pair of white terns (formerly called fairy terns) nested in Honolulu.  Over the decades, these lovely seabirds continued to choose urban Honolulu as a place to raise chicks. Today, at 2,300 and counting, white terns nest throughout the city’s introduced trees, ranging throughout Waikiki, the civic center Manoa and beyond.  In a slide show featuring her latest book, “White Tern, Manu-O-Ku, and Urban Seabird,” (2018, University of Hawaii Press) Scott will share the heartwarming story of people gathering together to protect this cherished seabird.

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Bio:   Since 1987 Susan Scott has written a weekly column called Ocean Watch for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and is the author of nine books about nature in Hawaii.  A former registered nurse, Susan earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Hawaii and is a graduate of the university’s Marine Option Program.  As a long-time volunteer for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, she has counted albatrosses on Midway Atoll, tagged crabs on Palmyra Atoll and rescued monk seals and sea turtles at French Frigate Shoals Atoll.

Susan and her physician husband travel to Bangladesh each year to support a free clinic and school they started in 1997 as volunteers with the Aloha Medical Mission.