Guided bird walks at Kealia Pond on Tuesdays

Guided bird walks will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesdays this month at the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge.

The free walks will begin at the refuge visitor center, located at Milepost 6 off Maui Veterans Highway, previously known as Mokulele Highway, in Kihei.

Visitors are encouraged to bring binoculars, water and sturdy walking shoes.

Kealia Pond hosts 30 species of birds, including migratory waterfowl and the endangered Hawaiian stilt and coot. The refuge has walking trails and a coastal boardwalk in Maui’s largest lowland wetland.

Established in 1992, the wildlife refuge covers more than 700 acres between Kihei and Maalaea.

From January to April, the refuge will host “Saturdays at the Pond” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month. The family-friendly event will feature guided bird walks, interpretive talks, educational presentations and hands-on crafts for children.

Refuge hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. Visitor center hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and closed on federal holidays.

The boardwalk is open from sunrise to 7 p.m. seven days a week including federal holidays. For more information, contact Courtney Brown by email at courtney_brown@ fws.gov or by phone at 875-1582.

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