Day 2: Slide show!

The first indigenous bird sighted in O'ahu, winning me a prize.

The first indigenous bird sighted in O'ahu, winning me a prize.

The foam on the waves gets whipped away by the wind on our trek to Ka'ena Point.

The foam on the waves gets whipped away by the wind on our trek to Ka'ena Point.

An anti-predator fence that allows native animals and plants to thrive on Ka'ena Point.

An anti-predator fence that allows native animals and plants to thrive on Ka'ena Point.

The CEM class walking next to Spirit Leap.

The CEM class walking next to Spirit Leap.

Inside Ka'ena Point Reserve we are greeted with a (mostly) native expanse of plants, along with rugged volcanic rocks, and crashing waves.

Inside Ka'ena Point Reserve we are greeted with a (mostly) native expanse of plants, along with rugged volcanic rocks, and crashing waves.

Our first pair of Laysan Albatross.

Our first pair of Laysan Albatross.

The Reserve is trying to attract Black-Footed Albatross to the area in order to nest. These are the decoys they use, along with projecting their calls on loudspeakers.

The Reserve is trying to attract Black-Footed Albatross to the area in order to nest. These are the decoys they use, along with projecting their calls on loudspeakers.

A large group of Great Frigatebirds flies overhead.

A large group of Great Frigatebirds flies overhead.

Female Great Frigatebird, distinguishable by her white breast.

Female Great Frigatebird, distinguishable by her white breast.

A male Great Frigatebird, distinguishable by the red pouch beneath its chin, flies directly over head.

A male Great Frigatebird, distinguishable by the red pouch beneath its chin, flies directly over head.

The same male Great Frigatebird, different angle. Great view of his pouch!

The same male Great Frigatebird, different angle. Great view of his pouch!

Old wedge-tailed shearwater burrow.

Old wedge-tailed shearwater burrow.

A Laysan Albatross in flight on our way out of the Reserve.

A Laysan Albatross in flight on our way out of the Reserve.

At the end of our path to the Point, we saw this fat, happy monk seal.

At the end of our path to the Point, we saw this fat, happy monk seal.

The CEMs scamper in the tidepools looking for sea cucumbers, crab, shrimp, and more.

The CEMs scamper in the tidepools looking for sea cucumbers, crab, shrimp, and more.

Coral bashed up from strong waves is washed ashore and slowly weathers with time.

Coral bashed up from strong waves is washed ashore and slowly weathers with time.