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Meet the Conservation Dogs of Hawaiʻi

Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023
2 p.m.
Atherton Hālau

Humans and dogs have been working together for centuries to overcome untold challenges of survival. In the 21st century, with the loss of biodiversity accelerating worldwide and species continuing to go extinct in the Hawaiian archipelago, canine and human collaboration continues to evolve.

The teams of dogs and handlers from Conservation Dogs of Hawaiʻi harness the extraordinary olfactory abilities of dogs to surveil and keep track of the health of our local ecosystems – from sniffing out avian botulism, finding invasive species like devil weed and coqui frogs, and protecting seabirds, these service dogs detect ecological scents so that conservation groups can more easily and effectively protect the environment. Bishop Museum supports the efforts of CDH by preparing biological specimens used to train the dogs to detect individual species.

Join us on Saturday, Jan. 7 at 2 p.m. in Atherton Hālau to meet some of the star detection dogs, watch training demonstrations, and learn more about the Conservation Dogs of Hawaiʻi and Bishop Museum collaboration. The session will be co-led by Kyoko Johnson and Sheila Conant from Conservation Dogs of Hawaiʻi.

Program timeline
2 p.m. Presentations by Bishop Museum and Conservation Dogs of Hawaiʻi
2:30 p.m. Star detection dog demo
3 p.m. Audience Q&A

The $10.00 registration fee includes Museum admission for the day and goes to support the Museum’s biodiversity research. Capacity is limited.

Please note that only service animals and the trained detection dogs are allowed on the Bishop Museum campus.

This public program is inspired by the exhibit Taxonomy: Our Lives Depend On It. The exhibit is about the power and purpose of taxonomy, highlighting the legacy of Bishop Museum’s international role in naming and classifying organisms, which is foundational for documenting, researching, and ultimately saving our planet’s biodiversity and the ecosystems that we depend on for our survival. Each month, we spotlight one of the Museum’s natural science collections and how each collection makes Bishop Museum a central hub for research and biodiversity in the Pacific. See Taxonomy: Our Lives Depend On It, on view in the J. M. Long Gallery through Feb. 19, 2023.


Jan 07 2023


2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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