Music & Speaker Series #35 | Na Manu Kai – Ecological Engineers with Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project | Music by Fede & Deni!

Music & Speaker Series #35 | Na Manu Kai – Ecological Engineers with Jenni Learned and Jay Penniman of Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project | Music by the Maui duo Fede & Deni!

The Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project works to locate, protect, and enhance seabirds and their habitats across the islands of Maui Nui. They are a project of the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit of the University of Hawaiʻi, and work with state agencies to achieve conservation goals. The small team works closely together to serve native species and the local community.

Jenni Learned is a research ecologist with experience in many different fields and environments. She has been the Operations/GIS Specialist at MNSRP for just under 6 years, where she supports the team in research and monitoring activities, and manages data and reporting. Before dedicating herself to seabird conservation, she researched soil nutrient cycling and insect/plant interactions in diverse agrisystems around the globe.

Jay Penniman earned a B.S. at Portland State University (Oregon) in 1977. He has worked as an independent contractor doing forestry, wildlife and vegetation surveys, management and assessment. At the Point Reyes Bird Observatory, he was employed as a biologist on South East Farallon Island, 26 miles west of San Francisco. There he was a member of the team of biologists who ran the remote research station monitoring 13 breeding bird species and 4 marine mammal species. He also performed at-sea surveys for seabirds and marine mammals in the near and offshore waters of the northwest coast of North America. Since 2006 he has worked for the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit of the University of Hawaii managing the Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project. When not recovering and rescuing seabirds Jay enjoys bird watching, reading, gardening, cooking and walking. @mauinuiseabirds

Music by the Maui Duo – Deni and Fede! Deni was raised on Maui and Fede was born and raised in Argentina. The two met playing soccer in Paia in 2016. Since then many adventures have unfolded, one being music. Deni and Fede continue to play together, in hopes that the music they share will make a positive impact on the world and all those who listen. Along with music, they also tend to the land in Kipahulu, taking care of fruit trees and gardens and their 5 dogs and 3 cats. They were part of the farmers market many times selling fruits from the land, known for their delicious mangos, lychee, and chocolate.

This is an online ZOOM event, open to the public, with priority given to Farmers Union members. June 8th, 2022: 6:30pm (Hawaii) / 9:30pm (PST) / 12:30 am(EST)

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