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New on the Farm 2019

By: Steve Frailey Wednesday March 13, 2019 comments Tags: organic farming, organic noni farm, noni farmers market

March 2019

Albatross hatching season is complete!  There are 18 new adorable chicks have joined the colony. Day by day the chicks have been getting bigger and are too big to be sat on by mom or dad. Both parents are having to fly further out to sea each day to forage for food for their quickly growing chick. Soon mom and dad will both be gone for days at a time as they fly the approx 2,500 miles to the oceans off Alaska to gorge on squid and return back 2,500 miles with a delicious squid smoothie. Both parents will be required to do this any day now through mid July when the chick will be fully grown and ready to fledge...just imagine the frequent flyer miles each parent racks up each breeding season!

Without further ado we have some super cute and adorable new photos of the chicks! And we need your help selecting which chick will be the star of our annual Name That Chick contest! We’ve narrowed it down to our four favorite chicks and now it’s your turn to help us select which lucky chick is going to get an awesome name this year by one of you! But first we have to select a chick!

Click here to visit our Facebook page and vote for Chick A, B, C or D.

 

As promised, here are the most recent photos from the nesting grounds on the bluff near our Organic Noni Farm.

Stay turned for more albatross chick updates, and later this month help us select which chick will star in our annual "Name That Chick Contest"!

Enjoy the newest video of the chicks!

Feb 2019

Albatross Update:

We have been eagerly awaiting for the first of this season’s chicks to hatch! The incubation period for Laysan albatross is approximately 60 to 65 days and hatch time has arrived. One by one the chicks have started breaking free of their eggshell. The adorable chicks weigh about 7 ounces at hatching and are covered in a fluffy gray-white down. So far 15 chicks have hatched!!! Next month we will post to Facebook our top four favorite chicks and will need your help in selecting which chick will be the star of our annual Name That Chick Contest. Stay posted and enjoy the photos!


 

Remember Elvis? He received some fan mail!!

Elvis was the winning name for the albatross chick in last year’s Name That Chick Contest.  He’s out at sea somewhere off the coast of Alaska flying, soaring and eating squid with his buddies. He won’t be back to the farm hillside to pick up his fan mail for another few years so we thought we’d share it with you all. Evan and his family took our farm tour last summer and have been enjoying our albatross updates ever since. Evan, who’s 8 years old and a very talented artist, drew Elvis in his egg and as a hatchling. A huge mahalo (thank you) to the Klish Family for sharing Evan’s art for us and everyone to enjoy!!

Jan 2019

Hau’oli Makahiki Hou! Happy New Year! From everyone at Hawaiian Organic Noni

Last of Hawaiian snail species dies at age 14

The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources says the last known Achatinella apexfulva died on New Year’s Day. It was about 14 years old and named George.

In 1997, the last 10 known of its kind were brought into a laboratory at the University of Hawaii to be raised in captivity.

Some offspring were produced but the snails all eventually died — except for........

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3 pairs of nene geese have been spotted on the farm!

The nene (nay-nay), the official bird of the state of Hawaii,is exclusively found in the wild on the islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai, and Hawaii.

Did you know? The name nene comes from its soft call.

The nene is the world’s rarest goose. Its total population was estimated at around 25,000 birds before Captain James Cook landed on Hawaii in the 1770s. But by the mid-1900s only about 30 were left, all of which were on the “Big Island” of Hawaii. The nene was finally declared endangered in 1967, and they remain protected. Today, the nene geese have been taken off the endangered species list (but are still considered vulnerable).

Along with the albatross, we are happy that the nene have taken up residence on the farm. Enjoy the new pictures and hopefully we may have some new chicks on the farm!

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Steve Frailey

About the Author: Steve Frailey

My wife and I (Steve Frailey) moved to Kauai, Hawaii in 1982 from our organic farm in California. There were no roads, electricity, water or buildings but lots of Noni trees (Morinda Citrifolia) in our valley. We also developed a deep relationship with Noni that was growing all through our valley.  Today we run our Hawaiian Organic Noni farm, and share the gift of health with people throughout the world.



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