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Pacific Missile Range Facility

Barking Sands, Hawaii


PACIFIC MISSILE RANGE FACILITY, BARKING SANDS, HAWAII

The mission of the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands is to facilitate training, tactics development, and evaluation for air, surface, and subsurface, weapon systems for U.S. Navy Components, other DOD agencies and foreign military forces.

PACMISRANFAC is bordered by the Polihale State Park on the north, sugar cane fields to the east, State lands to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. This area is semi-desert with annual rainfall of about 20 inches and mean annual temperature of 75 degrees Fahrenheit. At the northern end of PACMISRANFAC the sand has been blown into dunes. This area is known as Barking Sands because with just the right degree of wetness, it makes a peculiar squeaking or yapping noise when it is walked on or squeezed sharply between the hands. This location is excellent for finding Pelagic Seabirds. The majority of seabirds, shorebirds, waders and waterfowl found in the Hawaiian Islands can be expected at Barking Sands.

Public access to PACMISRANFAC can be obtained through the Security Office. Certain areas are closed during working hours due to base operations. For information please contact the Public Works Office, 808-335-4213.


LEGEND

ALBATROSSES |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Black-footed Albatross |666|666|666|666|666|666|666|666|666|666|666|666| Laysan Albatross Moli |222|444|444|444|444|442|222|255|555|555|222|222|
SHEARWATERS, PETRELS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Wedge-tailed Shearwater |555|555|555|522|444|444|444|444|444|444|422|555| Newell's Shearwater 'A'o |---|---|---|-33|333|333|333|333|333|33-|---|---| Hawaiian Petrel 'Ua'u |555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555| Bulwer's Petrel 'Ou |555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555| Band-rumped Storm Petrel |---|---|---|---|555|555|555|555|555|555|---|---|
TROPICBIRDS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| White-tailed Tropicbird Koa'e-kea |222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222| Red-tailed Tropicbird Koa'e-ula |555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|
BOOBIES |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Masked Booby 'A |555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555| Brown Booby 'A |333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333| Red-footed Booby 'A |333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|
FRIGATEBIRDS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Great Frigatebird 'lwa |333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|
HERONS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Cattle Egret |222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222| Black-crnd. Night Heron 'Auku'u |222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|
SWANS, GEESE, DUCKS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Canada Goose |666|666|666|6--|---|---|---|---|---|--6|666|666| Hawaiian Goose 'Nene |555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555| Green-winged Teal |333|333|333|33-|---|---|---|---|---|-33|333|333| Mallard |333|333|333|33-|---|---|---|---|---|-33|333|333| Hawaiian Duck Koloa-maoli|444|444|444|444|444|333|333|333|333|333|334|444| Northern Pintail |222|222|222|2--|---|---|---|---|---|-22|222|222| Garganey *|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---| Blue-winged Teal |555|555|555|5--|---|---|---|---|---|-55|555|555| Northern Shoveler |222|222|222|2--|---|---|---|---|---|-22|222|222| Eurasian Wigeon |555|555|555|5--|---|---|---|---|---|-55|555|555| American Wigeon |333|333|333|3--|---|---|---|---|---|-33|333|333| Canvasback |555|555|555|5--|---|---|---|---|---|-55|555|555| Ring-necked Duck |555|555|555|5--|---|---|---|---|---|-55|555|555| Tufted Duck |666|666|666|6--|---|---|---|---|---|-66|666|666| Greater Scaup |555|555|555|55-|---|---|---|---|---|-55|555|555| Lesser Scaup |333|333|333|3--|---|---|---|---|---|-33|333|333| Bufflehead |555|555|555|55-|---|---|---|---|---|-55|555|555|
KITES, EAGLES, HAWKS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Osprey *|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---| Peregrine *|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|
GROUSE, PTARMIGANS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Black Francolin |555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555| Erckel's Francolin |333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333| Chukar |555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555| Japanese Quail |555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555| Red Junglefowl Moa |222|244|444|444|444|444|444|444|442|222|222|222| Ring-necked Pheasant |222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222| California Quail |555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|
RAILS, GALLINULES, COOTS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Hawaiian Moorhen 'Alae-'ula |333|333|333|444|444|444|444|444|433|333|333|333| Hawaiian Coot 'Alae-ke'oke'o|333|355|555|555|555|533|333|333|333|333|333|333|
PLOVERS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Black-bellied Plover |333|333|333|333|555|555|555|533|333|333|333|333| Pacific Golden Plover Kolea |111|111|111|111|333|333|333|311|111|111|111|111| Semipalmated Plover |555|555|555|55-|---|---|---|-55|555|555|555|555|
STILTS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Hawaiian Stilts Ae'o |333|334|444|444|444|444|444|443|333|333|333|333|
SANDPIPERS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Lesser Yellowlegs |555|555|555|555|---|---|---|555|555|555|555|555| Wandering Tattler 'Ulili |222|222|222|222|666|666|666|222|222|222|222|222| Bristle-thighed Curlew Kioea |666|666|666|666|---|---|---|666|666|666|666|666| Ruddy Turnstone 'Akekeke |222|222|222|222|---|---|---|222|222|222|222|222| Sanderling Huna-kai |222|222|222|222|---|---|---|222|222|222|222|222| Western Sandpiper |555|555|555|556|666|666|666|666|555|555|555|555| Least Sandpiper |555|555|555|555|666|666|666|655|555|555|555|555| Pectoral Sandpiper |333|333|333|333|---|---|---|333|333|333|333|333| Sharp-tailed Sandpiper |333|333|333|333|---|---|---|333|333|333|333|333| Dunlin |555|555|555|555|---|---|---|555|555|555|555|555| Long-billed Dowitcher |333|333|333|333|---|---|---|333|333|333|333|333| Laughing Gull *|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|
GULLS, TERNS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Bonaparte's Gull *|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---| Ring-billed Gull *|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---| Herring Gull *|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---| Sooty Tern Ewa'ewa |555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|556|666|666| Brown Noddy Noio-koha |666|666|666|666|666|666|666|666|555|555|556|666| Black Noddy Noio |666|666|666|666|666|666|666|666|666|666|666|666| White Tern Manu-o-Ku |666|555|555|555|555|555|555|666|666|666|666|666|
DOVES |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Rock Dove |244|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|442| Spotted Dove |111|144|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|222|222| Zebra Dove |111|144|444|444|111|111|111|444|444|444|111|111|
OWLS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Barn Owl |344|444|444|444|444|433|333|333|333|333|333|333| Hawaiian Owl Pueo |344|444|444|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|
PASSERINES |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Eurasian Skylark |333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333| 'Elepaio (Kaua'i) |333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333| White-rumped Shama |222|222|444|444|444|222|222|222|222|222|222|222| Mel. Laughign-thrush Hwamei |222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222| Northern Mockingbird |222|244|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|222|222|222| Common Myna |222|224|444|444|444|444|444|444|442|222|222|222| Japanese White-eye |222|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|222|222|222| Northern Cardinal |222|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|222|222|222| Red-crested Cardinal |244|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|222|222|222| Western Meadowlark |333|333|444|444|444|444|444|444|333|333|333|333| House Finch |222|244|444|444|444|444|444|444|422|222|222|222| 'Amakihi (Kaua'i) |222|222|244|444|444|444|444|222|222|222|222|222| 'Anianiau |333|334|444|444|444|444|333|333|333|333|333|333| 'I'iwi |555|544|444|444|444|455|555|555|555|555|555|555| 'Apapane |333|344|444|444|444|444|333|333|333|333|333|333| House Sparrow |222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222| Red Avadavat |555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555| Nutmeg Mannikin |222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222| Chestnut Mannikin |222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222| Java Sparrow |555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|
NAVY NATURAL RESOURCES AND LAND MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

The Navy and Marine Corps manage more than four million acres worldwide. Much of this land is located in sensitive wetlands along valuable coastlines, some of the most ecologically significant areas in the world. The location of our real estate holdings makes it imperative that we plan and execute our various military missions in harmony with our enviro9nment. It is a Department of the Navy goal to promote an environmental protection ethic within the Navy workforce.

The Department of the Navy supports numerous partnerships with other Federal, State, local and private resource groups to promote such programs as the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation, Wetlands Protection and Enhancement, and Watchable Wildlife.

Jacqueline E. Schafer, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Installations and the Environment, has noted, "It will be difficult for the Navy to succeed in its mission unless it has earned the confidence of its neighbors. To keep this confidence, the Navy must emphasize natural resources stewardship in every aspect of its land use." It does. Come see for yourself and discover our resources.


The U.S. Navy and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation are cooperating on an international program to promote conservation of neotropical migratory birds. For information, call U.S. Navy at (703) 602-2692 or NW at (202) 857-0166.
This resource is based on the following source:
The U.S. Navy, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and Hawai'i Audubon  
     Society.  No date.  Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands, Hawaii.  
     The U.S. Navy and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.  Unpaginated.
This resource should be cited as:
The U.S. Navy, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and Hawai'i Audubon 
     Society.  No date.  Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands, Hawaii.  
     The U.S. Navy and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.  Unpaginated.
     Jamestown, ND: Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Online.
     http://www.npwrc.usgs.govbsands.htm 
     (Version 18SEP00)

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