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Special events set at Kealia next week, including Saturday activities

Bird walks, like the one shown, are planned next week at Kealia Pond as part of National Wildlife Refuge Week. Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge photo

The Maui News

There will be guided bird walks, a talk on Hawaii wetland birds and hoary bats and Saturday at the Refuge activities next week at Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge as it celebrates National Wildlife Refuge Week from Monday to Oct. 19.

The guided bird walks are set for 9 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Visitors are encouraged to bring binoculars, water and sturdy walking shoes.

A 11 a.m. Friday, there will be a talk on wetland birds and hoary bats in Hawaii and how information gathered at Kealia Pond helps biologists learn about various species.

The Saturday at the Refuge event is set from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 19. Activities include a guided bird walk at 10 a.m. and a presentation “Na Manu Kai — Seabirds of Maui Nui” by Jay Penniman of the Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project.

Visitors also will be able to visit the refuge’s native pollinator garden to see greenery that attracts bees, moths, beetles and butterflies. There also will be crafts activities for the children, wildlife viewing opportunities and interpretive displays at the visitor center. Friends of Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge is sponsoring some of the events.

The refuge is normally closed on Saturdays. Its regular hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. The visitor center hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday to Friday. The Kealia Coastal Boardwalk is open sunrise to 7 p.m. daily.

For more information, contact Courtney Brown by email at courtney_brown@fws.gov or by phone at 875-1582.