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Small Urban Wildlife Refuge Crucial To Birds’ Survival

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Pacific Islands Published in Conservation in the Pacific Islands By Jan Peterson, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific Region

A pair of ae‘o (Hawaiian stilt) standing at Honouliuli wetlands. Photo by Greg Koob, USFWS

Joshua Ream’s studies and career has taken him all over the nation, from Pennsylvania and Tennessee to Alaska and now, Hawai‘i.

After enjoying jobs with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a cultural anthropologist, Ream now serves as project leader/wildlife refuge manager at the Service’s O‘ahu/Maui National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Kahuku, Hawai‘i. We chatted with him about his passion for conservation, the origin of the 50-year-old Pearl Harbor National Wildlife Refuge, the reconstruction of the Betty Nagamine Bliss Memorial Overlook at the Honouliuli Unit and what keeps him excited about his work with the Service.

Ream also goes by Xíxch’i Toowóo, the name given to him by the late Tlingit elder Marge Byrd during his honorary adoption into the Kiks.adi Clan of the Shtaxʼhéen Ḵwáan at Wrangell, Alaska in 2015. It means “frog feelings” or “caring for frogs.”

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