Later that night, the party moved to the All Hands Club so the Mitsubishi volunteers could finish their ceiling tile for the All Hands Club, a tradition for groups and residents at Midway. This year, the tile was a work of art with cartoons and photographs.
On Thursday, the volunteers packed, prepared to leave, and took a few last photos, including this one below with all Coral Reefers and most of the FWS staff and volunteers. FWS manager John Klavitter and his wife Leona left on the plane with them, although they'll be back in three weeks.
We'll definitely miss the volunteers because they made huge amounts of work possible. Anne worked with them to do lots of sediment sampling, and they helped Don do three days of coring on the reef crest. They helped Kristin collect and re-deploy temperature loggers and check her spat collectors. They helped Kristin and Don collect Kristin's pearl oyster growth and survival cages and tiles and looked through the tiles for coral recruits.
Now that it's just Kristin, Anne, and Don (with Wendy to join us next week), the real work begins! Anne and Don will leave on Sept 16, while Kristin and Wendy remain until Sept 23. We have a lot of work and projects to complete in the next few weeks!
P.S. Kristin posted a ton of photos from all these social and research activities to the Picasa web album at http://picasaweb.google.com/MidwayCoralReef/201002. Check them out!