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Keālia Pond Offers Guided Walks Featuring Native Birds

February 6, 2018, 12:05 PM HST
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Hawaiian Stilt. Photo Credit: Lahaina Photography

First Saturdays at Keālia Pond: March 3, 2018

This family-friendly event features a 9 a.m. slide show and plant walk focusing on micro and macro habitat awareness and stories from a naturalist; 10 a.m. guided family and keiki bird and bug walk; 10 a.m. guided bird walk by a biologist; crafts for the keiki; roving interpretive naturalists; walking path with wildlife viewing opportunities and a visitor center.

Hours are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m and admission is free. Meet at the visitor center for scheduled activities.

The Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge and visitor center is located at Milepost 6 on Mokulele Highway (Maui Veterans Highway) in Kīhei.

Guided Bird Walks at Keālia Pond: Tuesdays at 9am

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Every Tuesday in February and March 2018, a Keālia Pond NWR naturalist will offer an hour-long guided bird walk at 9 a.m.  Meet at the Keālia Pond visitor center. It’s a great time to learn more about the refuge and the migratory and native birds. Admission is free and visitors are encouraged to bring binoculars, water, and sturdy walking shoes.

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Keālia Pond is host to over 30 species of birds, including the endangered Hawaiian stilt and Hawaiian coot and migratory waterfowl. The refuge has walking trails and a coastal boardwalk in Maui’s largest wetland area. Established in 1992, the wildlife refuge covers over 700 acres between Kīhei and Māʻalaea.

Keālia 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., closed on federal holidays. The Keālia Coastal Boardwalk is open seven days a week from sunrise until 7 p.m, including federal holidays.

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