World renowned oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle reflected, “I had an opportunity to go to Midway Island, way out there at the outermost part of this beautiful island. I met a lot of wild creatures there, including a bird. This bird, named Wisdom, was banded in the 1950s, so we know how old she is, so we know that she’s flown thousands of miles voyaging over the sea. And surely in that time she has seen changes. The way those of us who’ve lived a few decades have witnessed changes, more change than during all preceding human history.”
Susan White, Superintendent of Operations for the Pacific Marine National Monument stated, “Wisdom is a story of hope for, for all of the environmental problems in the world, Wisdom is alive and thriving, as old as she is and itʻs a testament to the health of Papahanaumokuakea and the health of that system and the work thatʻs gone on to protect and conserve that, and to understand that place for generations and millennia.”
Beth Flint, a Wildlife Biologist for the Pacific Marine National Monument added, “Albatrosses are particularly good at giving you a sense of the health of the ocean on a global scale because they fly so far. So every season Wisdom goes out foraging, and can fly about 10,000 miles in a shopping trip. She goes all the way up to Bering Sea, she goes way over to the Western Tropic, the Western North Pacific. She’s flying tens of thousands of miles every year and sampling the prey, the food in the ocean, from this huge area. So we get information about what kind of contaminants are out there affecting the food. So there’s a lot of ways that an albatross is sampling and telling us about the entire North Pacific.”
After traveling thousands of miles each year, Wisdom, the oldest documented bird in the wild, returns to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge with a belly full of food for her newly hatched chick.
Ann Bell, Outreach Specialist for the Pacific Marine National Monument, USFWS, announced, “We have some super exciting news to announce. Wisdom, the worldʻs oldest known bird in the wild, who is at least 65 years old, she might be older, her egg just hatched on Febuary 1st. It was an egg she laid at the end of November, just right after Thanksgiving and for the last two weeks, sitting on the egg has been Wisdomʻs mate. Once the egg hatched just last week on Febuary 1st, he continued to try to feed the chick although there wasnʻt much left in his stomach for him to feed the chick with so we were anxiously waiting for Wisdom to return and she showed up last night with her belly full.”
Her healthy offspring will aid a new generation of navigators to find distant shores beyond the horizon.
Dr. Earle said, “Now I think of Wisdom and her voyages out every year coming back to the same place and I think of the voyagers taking off on this worldwide expedition, this mission. And there’s some kind of element here of synergy. This is a moment in time as never before and maybe as never again to take this knowledge, take this wisdom and change the way we do things. We have to. We have to shift our consumption of the natural world into making peace with nature making peace among ourselves. This is the moment to secure for the kids coming along whether they are the young birds who are taking off on their own voyages or whether they its our own children. We have a chance to get it right.”
Wisdom’s chick has been named Kūkini, meaning messenger, and her mate has been named Akeakamai, or “lover of Wisdom.” Kūkini is healthy as both parents are working hard to forage for food at sea and bring it back to the nest.
Crossing NorthAfter a 20-month sojourn in oceans south of the equator, Hōkūleʻa has returned to the northern hemisphere in the blue waters of the Atlantic. Please, help celebrate our crew by supporting their journey.
Good Morning seventh graders, this week we have been reading the book To Kill a MockingBird and reading the Hokulea blogs in the beginning of the period.
The work we are doing on To Kill a MockingBird includes finding the highlights of each chapter, choosing a quote that each student likes the best. For instance in chapter 4 a quote that was chosen is "Jem wanted Dill to know once and for all he wasn't scared of anything". That quote shows a lot about Jem's character. Also we have to look back in the chapter and find any vocabulary words that are new to us. We look the word up and then write out the definition. Our teacher reads part of the book to us and we read the other part at home for homework. The book was made into a movie and we will watch the movie when we were finished with the book.
Everyday the Hokulea/Hikianalia crew posts a new blog post on where they are what they are doing and pictures of what's happening. One of the reasons we are reading this is to keep up with the Hokulea and how they are changing the world. They are trying to get people to be aware of the effects of the climate change. They help us see the different environments of the world and how it might be changing. This week they were in Brazil and they are now traveling to the Caribbean. The Hokulea just crossed the equator coming from the south going to the north, as the crossed the equator the held a ceremony to mark the occasion. Hokulea has many different legs of the voyage, and for each leg there are some new crew members joining and some others leaving. When new crew members come in the whole crew has to adjust there shifts and jobs they perform.
-By: Noelle Sheveland
Ash Wednesday was yesterday, kicking off this lenten season. During Lent we give up something and with the money we would have spent for ourselves, we put in our bowl, then give it to the less fortunate. The tradition of filling bowls, lives on this year! In our class, we folded a piece of cardboard into a bowl and everyday we put money in it. For example, if you gave up chocolate this Lenten season, for every day you would have spent money for chocolate, you would put it in your rice bowl. After Lent we give the rice bowls to our teachers and then they send the money to the countries in need. What are you giving up for Lent?
Aloha 7th graders! This week we just started to read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. So far we've read about how two siblings, Jem and Scout, meet a boy named Dill. After daring Jem to touch the mysterious house of the Radley's, Jem scurries to his house, noticing that one of the curtains at the Radley's house moved. Also, last week was spirit week, which consisted of sports day on Monday, super hero day on Tuesday, and wacky hair day on Thursday. Of course, this all lead up to spirit week with games, cheers, and more. This year, the awesome blue team won with 24 points!
By: Blaise Brath
Good afternoon 7th graders. This month we will be working on our Peace Poems, Just Right Book packets, and our Hawaii Story contest.
What we are doing for our Peace Poems is we are writing about how our world is today and how it would be if our world would be in harmony and peace. We started the Peace Poem contest because we are taking inspiration from Martin Luther King and how he had a dream about equality and peace. This week will will be writing our final drafts and drawing our pictures about peace. In each class one student will win and there will also be a runner up. Those two chosen students will be able to go up country and read there poems to the public.
Our Just Right Book packets is a collection of all the book we have read in 7th grade. It will contain all the books we are reading through out 7th grade. Each page will have the title, the author, a quote, and a picture that each of us draws. We have been working on this all year and will continue. At the end of this year each student will have a set of accordion like packets of some between five to eight book. We are doing this because when we get older we will look at the packets and think of all we have accomplished in 7th grade literature.
In the Hawaii Story Contest students can write a poem or a story about the topic "Planet at the Crossroads". This means we could write about the way Hawaii is being polluted, how we want to change it, and how we could change it. Hawaii is an example of how the whole planet is at the crossroads because our beaches our dirty are oceans are dying and pollution is in the air. All of us will enter one story or one poem in this contest. Our work will be judged and hopefully some of us will win!!! The winners will get a copy of the booklet, an award certificate, and other prizes. All of the winning poems and stories will be published. A copy will be sent to all the libraries in the state.