Monday and Tuesday I've was back in Hawaii, meeting with refuge and law enforcement staff, and visiting some truly inspirational places.
Today was the first day of my 5-day tour of our Pacific Islands operations.
The first day was filled with good people. I met with staff in our Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office, had lunch with Division of Forestry and Wildlife Chief, Paul Conroy, visited with Governor Neil Abercrombie, and met with the partners in the Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative (PICCC).
In the evening we boarded a jet for the trip to Midway Atoll NWR, home to some of most amazing wildlife in the world. The plane flies at night to avoid potential for collisions with one of the million-plus albatross nesting on the islands of the Atoll. I'll be posting new photos later on in the trip, but here is an old shot taken on the Refuge just to give you a sense what this many birds can look like:
Today, we feature Dan's Los Angeles Times op-ed on a deadly bat disease called white-nose syndrome. The disease is killing bats, seriously affecting the economy and the environment.
October 12, 2011
By Dan Ashe
It's October, which means that bats are once again having their annual star turn, popping up on classroom bulletin boards and store windows across America. But this year, actual living bats in North America aren't so abundant. They are being decimated by a deadly health epidemic.