Today we were fortunate to be able to hang out with the great Gerald McCormick. Our group was too big to fit into his office, so we set-up shop on the patio of Trader Jacks. Gerald ran through his history with the Cooks, discussed black rat (Rattus rattus) and Mynah Bird eradication projects, the downsides of balloon vine and trail-creating survey methods, deep sea mining impacts to the benthos, and the perils of a career dedicated to honest to goodness natural history and a life devoted to pure discovery and exploration of our natural world.
For anyone interested in the organisms of the Cook Islands and the places where they can be found, the best starting point is the Cook Islands Natural Diversity Database.
(We have slow upload speed so photos are hard to post here.)