Micronesia RFI

I will be heading to Micronesia in a few weeks for work. I’ve read David Bishop’s excellent report on this site but would appreciate any specific spots to check for endemic fruit bats and marine mammals.

I’ll be on the islands of Yap and Pohnpei in Micronesia. I am there for work but should have time to look around. I’m also open to any natural history or cultural recommendations.

I also have layovers at Honolulu and Guam, and should have a bit of time to do very quick trips from those places, so any advice appreciated.–Matt


  • Scary Israel

    on Birdforum there’s a chap by the name of chris butterworth who just went through that region, including Yap and Pohnpei, and saw the various bats etc. Would be worth joining up and sending him a message.

  • Jon Hall

    Nice work Matt! I know nothing really although Tim Flannery’s Mammals of the SW Pacific and Moluccas will probably contain info on most of the species you might encounter. It could be worth getting a copy – its a nice book. Shame you aren’t coming via Australia

  • morganchurchill

    If you have time there are some pretty nice whale/dolphin watching trips out of Honolulu, with the potential to get some rather uncommon species such as False Killer Whale and Rough-toothed Dolphin

  • mattinidaho

    Many thanks for the info so far. Good ideas, and I did check out Birdforum. The mammal list is pretty short, but Yap and Pohnpei each have an endemic fruit bat. With some luck, I’ll be able to get in some marine mammal viewing as well. Additional suggestions welcome; I don’t leave for a few weeks.

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