Fixing fencing to keep turtles safe

Jody Kimmel (left) and Jake Egelhoff repair a section of turtle fencing along the shoreline at Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge on Friday. They were part of a crew from the Kupu Conservation Leadership Development Program helping refuge staff with the recycled plastic fencing that helps keep turtles from wandering onto North Kihei Road as they search for a place to nest. It also prevents vehicles from driving over nests buried in the sand. Refuge biological science technician Suzanne Conlon said nesting season is about to start. “It feels great,” Kimmel said. “I love working with the the refuge.”

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo