Now that we are are home (or almost there) we’d like to extend our thanks to everyone who made our trip so memorable
Midway is full of contrast and contradictions. Laysans and Black-footeds, wilderness and runways, recovery (Laysan ducks) and decline (monk seals), fairy terns and bowling alleys. It is a very powerful place in which to consider the challenges of conserving marine biodiversity in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.
In our class, we strive to hear directly from the stakeholders involved in conservation efforts, from longline fishermen like Sean Martin, to managers like Lisa Van Atta (NOAA) and John Klavitter (USFWS) and conservation scientists like Lindsay Young and David Hyrenbach. All these people took time out of their busy schedules to give us their thoughts on conservation; we appreciate their time, candor and passion.
Our experience on Midway was enhanced greatly by Tracy Ammerman who made sure we had everything we needed in terms of knowledge and logistical support. The USFWS staff and volunteers welcomed and taught us as we accompanied them in their daily work. Tracy Wurth graciously provided glimpses into the private lives of the monk seals of Midway during her daily surveys. Darlene and everyone at Chugach made sure we were comfortable and relaxed after work (the Chugach Band rocks) and Pong, chef extraordinaire, kept us happy and well fed.
Thanks to everyone on Midway, including the humans, birds, turtles and seals, for welcoming us to your home.