Lumina Technologies Selected Abstracts for Worldwide Sites

Kullaberg Nature Reserve, Skåne, Sweden, C. Michael Hogan. July17, 2004.  The Kullaberg Reserve in southwest Sweden is situated on a peninsula of land protruding into the Kattegat Strait  near the town of  Mölle  The site is endowed with significant  biodiversity with the rocky outcrops supporting many rare plant species; Kullaberg is a designated Important Bird Area as well as a Special Protection Area (SPA).  The terrain is dominated by steep cliffs rising from the sea, where important marine ecological resources are found in the tidepools, shallow coastal waters  and rocky littoral zones.

Anjajavy, the Forest  and the Village, Northwestern Madagascar. Nick Garbutt, C. Michael Hogan, Hilton Hastings, Wendy Pollecutt,, Tahiana Andriaharimalala,. May 27, 2006.  This dry deciduous forest was examined for flora and fauna with an emphasis upon endemic species and attempts to note the presence of undocumented species, especially lemurs and reptiles.  This site is one of the few nesting area locations for the endangered Madagascar Fish Eagle.  Both nocturnal and diurnal animal life was surveyed. In the plant kingdom special attention was given to the Baobab species found in the forest.

Pescadero Coastal Hills, San Mateo County, California, USA. C. Michael Hogan, January 11, 2001. This 3200 acre coastal site was evaluated for ecological resources as well as toxic residues prior to inclusion into a larger open space preserve.  Even though significant disturbance was found from prior livestock overgrazing, the habitat was found to hold important carrying capacity for numerous native wildflowers, avafauna and mammals.  There were only extremely minor findings of toxic residues from previous agricultural activities. Wetland areas were also identified for their unique habitat role.

Ythan Estuary Complex, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. C. Michael Hogan and Amy Gregory. July 17, 2006.  From the mouth of the Ythan River at the North Sea to the upper tidal reach seven kilometers upstream the ecosystems were examined with emphasis upon the birdlife.  As an Site of Special Scientific Interest, the estuary is a nesting site  for several species of terns and other coastal birds.  Feeding behaviour of terns was analyzed as well as the interrelation of tern colonies of differing species.  Archaeological analysis is set forth for the mesolithic finds within the dunes formations known as the Sands of Forvie.

Ecology of Komati Gorge, South Africa. C. Michael Hogan and Amy Gregory, July 22, 2006.  This site in central South Africa was surveyed on the ground and using archival data to evaluate the habitat and identify species present.  Despite some historic disturbance from ranching, the ecosystem is in a robust state, with numerous wildlife species in evidence including a number of big game animals.  The Komati River was investigated as to flow and water quality and found to provide a high value of riparian habitat through the gorge bottomlands.  The vertical rock cliffs provide sprecialized habitat to numerous birds and reptiles.

Mando Island, Wadden Sea, Jutland, Denmark. C. Michael Hogan.  August 3,  2006. This low lying island and associated mudflats were surveyed with an emphasis upon birdlife and mudflat ecology.  The island has a current and historic sheep ranching activty and construction of dikes to protect low lying areas from tidal inundation; however the extensive mudflats offer considerable undisturbed habitat for wading birds and other intertidal organisms.