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Earth Day Celebration

The 2006 celebration of Earth Day took its theme from Genesis 1: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.... God saw that it was good.” Focussing on the sacredness of creation, the organizers provided resources so that both children and adults could grow in their understanding of our home and God’s Creation.

Earth day “graffiti“ 
Our courtyard walls displayed “graffiti” (on butcher paper) with relevant quotes from scripture and other sources.

Information about invasive species 
Rachel Neville, the Public Information Officer of the Oahu Invasive Species Committee, provided information about opportunities for people to help remove invasive species like Miconia, snakes, and frogs.

A variety of posters, books, and so on were available 
Marjorie Ziegler, the Executive Director of Conservation Council for Hawai‘i, displayed posters, children’s books, etc. to help us understand what we can do to protect our very unique native species in Hawai‘i

A variety of posters, books, and so on were availableIn Isenberg Hall, Beth Flint, Ph.D., a seabird biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, made a presentation about some birds who are our neighbors. One particular neighbor is the White Tern that can be seen flying above our church as it comes back from its morning feeding down at the ocean. She also spoke about another ocean bird, the Laysan Albatross, as well as our favorite local Hawai‘i–Alaska navigator—the Golden Plover. To make this brief summary of our birds more complete, we heard about the native forest bird, the Po‘ouli, the last individuals of which have not been seen in several years.

Our neighborhood white tern 
At the end of Dr. Flint’s presentation, she took everyone outside to see the White Tern in our neighborhood.

Earth Day organizer Lois Swift 
Thanks to Lois Swift, who organized our Earth Day celebration.

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