Another new year has begun, and with it came a realization that we still have so much to do as far as discovery and understanding. We (collectively here at KISC) have decided to dub this the “Year of Learning”.
We are expanding our GIS skills and ability. We are building complex, angled, 5-sided displays that involve tons of geometry learned in grade school (in other words, not in our brains any longer). We are renewing our pesticide applicator’s certifications. We are discovering what does and does not work when treating new species. And so on.
In other words, we can never assume that we have reached the pinnacle of understanding. Because when we do, the swift hand of fate quickly reminds us that there is plenty still plenty to learn.
We are also learning humility and gratitude for our partners and community. In March, along with Craig Kaneshige (HDOA), we shared public recognition of the hard work and continued efforts expended on priority target species. KISC may have received the award, but we are only part of the invasive species work on Kauai; our partners and collaborators are the heart, soul, and backbone that help make everything happen.
So, here’s to a great new year! May it be filled with new perspectives and insight.