Hawaii and the Tanager Expedition of 1923

When Theodore Roosevelt created the Hawaiian Islands reserve for the protection of native birds, the expansive Northwestern Hawaiian island had not been the subject of a systematic scientific inquiry. The expeditions aboard the USS Tanager changed our understanding of some of the nation’s most remote territories. It is history that deserves to be remembered.

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  1. As well as a very jazzy bow tie Lance is sporting a matching handkerchief — which, on closer inspection, appears to be a folded-up necktie. Could we be seeing the emergence of a new fashion trend?

  2. There's a bird sanctuary on the marine Corp base in kbay….its right on the shooting range. And I never saw one marine ever shoot towards or remotely close to the birds.

  3. "Executive order"… 🙁 We fought a war to get away from a monarchy and we still let our leaders do the equivalent of a "royal edict"? I thought that was what we were fighting AGAINST… 🙁

  4. For a period of time. The U.S. Coast Guard had a LORAN-A station on Tern Island at French Frigate Shoals. From mid 1978 to Feb 1979. I was stationed at that facility. I loved it out there, and there were birds everywhere. They've since closed the facility, and the buildings that remained were turned over to Hawaii and the University of Hawaii used it as a research station. The last I've heard about the facility is that a storm damaged it. The newer buildings were built up off the ground, as the elevation of the island above sea level was only 6 feet. The walls were designed to be knocked out in a storm, but could easily be replaced and the buildings put back into operation. I don't know if that was ever done or not. I miss that place. Had a lot of fun there. Lots of birds, sea turtles, and the endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal also made their homes there. And talk about a bird population increase when they Albatross (Gooney Bird) came to nest.

  5. Such an interesting channel for history lovers.
    I have asked before that you do a piece on women aviators. There are so few that are know, besides Amelia Earhart. I believe that Mrs. Marion Cummins of Cummins diesel engines was a flight instructor for the war.

  6. The research you do in producing these videos is amazing. I lived in Hawaii for 11 years in the '60's and '70's, and visited the Bishop Museum many times. The feather cloaks and headdresses worn by the Alii which are displayed are beautiful, but accounted for several species of native birds going extinct.

  7. Another possible subject is Alexander Von Humboldt and his traveling colleague Aimé Bonpland. They explored much of Latin American and recorded its wildlife in the early 19th century.

  8. The death of a bird species is tragic but saving all the rest, a very good gesture. Japan likes killing sharks for soup, and birds for feathers? They are not good for this earth.

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