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Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week at Kealia Pond

October 14, 2018, 12:00 PM HST · Updated October 15, 11:31 AM
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The Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is celebrating National Wildlife Refuge Week, which runs from Oct. 14 through 20, 2018. During this time, the refuge will host numerous family friendly activities and opportunities to learn about America’s wildlife heritage and see what wildlife refuges are doing to conserve it.  All activities are free and visitors should meet at the Visitor Center.

Here’s what Kealia Pond NWR has planned:

Tuesday, Oct. 16

GUIDED BIRD WALK at 9 a.m.
Whether you are an experienced birder or just a beginner, you will enjoy the variety of  birds that live in or migrate through the refuge.

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Wednesday, Oct. 17

HAWAIIAN HOARY BAT presentation at 1 p.m.
Learn more about Hawaii’s endangered and only terrestrial mammal and how information gathered at Kealia Pond is helping inform biologists about this elusive species.

Thursday, Oct. 18

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GUIDED BIRD WALK at 9 a.m.
It’s a great time to learn more about the refuge and the migratory and native birds. Visitors are encouraged to bring binoculars, water, and sturdy walking shoes.

Saturday, Oct. 20

SATURDAY AT THE REFUGE
Kealia Pond NWR refuge and visitor center will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join us for a guided bird and wetlands walk at 10 a.m. or a Hawaiian Hoary bat presentation at noon. Stroll through the native pollinator garden to see greenery that attracts bees, moths, beetles and butterflies or enjoy walking the wetland paths to quietly observe nature. This family-friendly event also features crafts for keiki, wildlife viewing opportunities and a visitor center with interpretive displays.

Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. Visitor Center hours are Monday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The center is closed on federal holidays. The Kealia Coastal Boardwalk is open seven days a week from sunrise until 7 p.m, including federal holidays.

For more information contact Courtney Brown at courtney_brown@fws.gov or (808) 875-1582.

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