Dark Skies and Hawai‘i’s Wildlife

March 9, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Lyman Museum
276 Haili St. Hilo Hawaii 96720
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‘Ua‘u fledglings are drawn out to sea by the light of the moon and stars over the water. Photo credit: Jay Penniman

Evening Presentation:

What happens to Hawai‘i’s wildlife when we turn on—or off—the lights?  For billions of years, life on Earth evolved according to nature’s rhythm of daylight and darkness; animals and plants evolved their circadian rhythms to sun-illuminated days and to dark skies bearing the distant light of stars and the moon at night.  For some species, nightfall meant rest; for others, activity.  Then, in 1879, Thomas Edison debuted his brilliant bulb, and darkness began a steady retreat.  Since then, the presence of light at night has affected animals and plants in unanticipated ways.  Jay Penniman, of the Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project, discusses some of these documented impacts, with a focus on Hawai‘i’s wildlife and particularly the native seabirds of our islands—as well as ways in which everyone can help minimize light pollution and its effects on wildlife—on two occasions:  Monday evening, March 9, and the following afternoon, March 10.

Admission to these wonderful programs is free to Museum members, and $3.00 for nonmembers.  Please support the Museum by becoming a member, and enjoy all Saigo Series programs, all year round, at no charge!  Seating is limited; first come, first seated.  ON MONDAY EVENINGS ONLY, additional parking is available next door at Hilo Union School, Kapiolani St. entrance; park, then walk through our green gate in the rock wall

On Monday evenings, doors open at 6:30PM.  E komo mai!