Pau Hana Pū Kākou | Our Seabird Neighbors: Sharing Space and Inspiration
Friday, February 5
Speakers: Michelle Hester, Executive Director of Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge and Ilana Nimz, Ocean Stewardship Program Manager
Through the eyes of Hawaiʻi’s seabirds, Michelle and Nimz will share stories and inspiration from two research and education programs created by the non-profit Oikonos and partners: Winged Ambassadors and Way of the Wedgie. You will learn how research programs can engage students and volunteers in activities that creatively teach STEM, plastic pollution prevention, and restoration.
Seabirds are critical for Hawaiʻi’s ecosystems and learning about these charismatic athletes can inspire people to protect the places we love and need.
Michelle is a seabird ecologist with 30 years of applied conservation experience throughout the Pacific. She is inspired by partnerships that create inter-disciplinary and long-lasting solutions.
Nimz has led numerous research projects in beautiful corners of the Pacific studying both seabirds and seals. As a skilled artist, conservation biologist, and arborist, she merges these passions towards a growing appreciation for nature in Hawai’i.
The Pau Hana Seminar Series is a bi-weekly live stream program by Bishop Museum researchers, collection managers, and community affiliates. These programs provoke engaging conversations on a wide range of topics related to culture and history in Hawai‘i and the Pacific.