Come celebrate 100 years of the Hawaiʻi Botanical Society!
Next Quarterly Meeting
December 5th, 2023 7:00 PM
Attend in-person at the Mānoa Public Library, 2716 Woodlawn Drive.
Or join us over Zoom ID: 860 0152 3614 PW: HIBOTSOC
Botany on the edge: new tools to address challenging cliff environments
Ben Nyberg, Drone Program Coordinator, NTBG
Over the past seven years, we have been deploying drones to assist in plant conservation. This technique has led to critical findings in the distribution and abundance of Hawaii's flora. While gaining knowledge about habitats and ecosystems is incredibly valuable, many of the mapped plants were inaccessible. In 2021, with the aid of robotics experts, we developed a cutting-edge new tool to collect plant material remotely. These new tools are significantly contributing to the conservation of Native Hawaiian plants and have unlocked areas that seemed impossible to work in.