Monday and Tuesday I've was back in Hawaii, meeting with refuge and law enforcement staff, and visiting some truly inspirational places.
Tuesday, I visited a place I've wanted to see for a long, long time -- Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge.
The refuge staff did a great job showing off the place. Their greenhouse full of native plants is incredible, including a Hawaiian mint that was thought to be extinct. I saw several species of endangered Hawaiian birds. Their struggles against exotic cattle, pigs, deer, plants, mosquitos, and now changing climate, are Herculean.