My name is Cathy Granholm.
If you live on the north shore of Kaua’i, you may have seen me between the months of November and July or August, checking the Laysan albatross nests in yards and on golf courses in the community of Princeville. How many people get to say that they had an albatross nest in their yard for three years in a row? Count me in that lucky group.
If you volunteer as I do at the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge you may have met me there.
If you live in the Los Angeles area, you are probably a docent or a zookeeper or have some other connection to the Los Angeles Zoo, where I have been a docent for over 26 years.
If you live anywhere else, you may have seen me making my rounds in Princeville and stopped to ask me questions about the albatrosses. I have met lots of very nice people from all over the world.
If you are a resident or interested visitor, I will let you know which chicks have made their first return visit to Princeville since fledging. Some of you may remember a particular chick when he looked like a fuzzy ball of lint, or like an adult albatross wearing an ill-fitting, baby feather toupee. They come back looking like the “after” model in an albatross makeover reality show.
Whoever you are, I hope you enjoy reading about some of my favorite part-time residents of Kauai’i….the feathered ones!