Isles of Refuge: Wildlife and History of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
Author: Rauzon, Mark J.
Date of Publication: January 2001
Size: 8.2 X .06 X 9.2 inches
Pages: 216 pp.
170 illustrations, 104 in color
2002 Ka Palapala Awards for Excellence in Writing Nonfiction, Illustration, and Natural Science
The first book solely devoted to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, field biologist Mark Rauzon shares his extensive, first-hand knowledge of their natural history while providing an engaging narrative of his travels. Braving seasickness, bad weather, and biting bird ticks, he journeyed from Nihoa to Kure to study and photograph plants and animals for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: rare palms, sharks, turtles, seals, and thousands of birds - finches, terns, petrels, noodies, shearwaters, curlews, boobies, tropicbirds, ducks, and albatrosses, or 'gooneys', famed throughout the Pacifice for their flyuing prowess and bizarre breeding rituals.
Isolation and access restrictions have led to the recovery of many of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands' animal and plant populatins to pre-exploitation levels, but they have also resulted in the general public's ignorance of the islands and their ecosystems. Informative and enjoyable, this title invites readers to elarn more about the history and naturla wonders of this invaluable resource.