30 September 2012 ~ Comments Off on Ron Walker

Ron Walker

Ron Walker

Hanauma Bay volunteer Ron Walker passed away on September 30, 2012. Ron worked diligently on the native plant garden with winter snowbird volunteers Chuck & Carol Harms. He was at the Bay every Tuesday maintaining the hillside plants throughout the year.

Ronald retired in 2003 having served as a wildlife biologist, manager and administrator with the State Department of Land & Natural Resources for 37 years and as a fish and wildlife biologist with the Refuges & Ecological Services offices of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services for 8 years.

His interest in Hawai‘i’s wildlife began as a Hilo High student, counting pheasants for the State on horseback during the summer and hunting sheep on Mauna Kea on weekends.

He was a graduate of Oregon State University and the U.S. Naval Communications School in Washington D.C.

In the 1970s he led the Hawaiian Waterbirds Recovery Team, which produced the first waterbird recovery plan. In his early years he led the moulton/feral sheep hybridization project on Mauna Kea and State-wide game bird introduction program.

He served on the board of directors of the Hawai‘i Audubon Society, Ahahui Malama I ka Lokahi and Hawai‘i Botanical Society. He was an active volunteer with many organizations including the Nature Conservancy of Hawai‘i, Kaelepulu Wetland Sanctuary, Na Ala Hele & Hawai‘i Nature Center.

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He was also an accomplished graphic illustrator and created the artwork for the license plate benefiting the State Department of Land & Natural Resources.

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