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Kealia Pond open Saturday

Kealia Pond is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday with bird and children’s walks at the National Wildlife Refuge.

The pond is open on the third Saturday of the month.

Activities this month include a guided bird walk at the pond from 9 to 10 a.m. and a Keiki Discovery Walk from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Participants will learn about migratory and native birds in the early walk, and children and their families will seek out bugs, birds and plants in the later walk.

From 11 a.m. to noon, there will be a presentation titled “Explore the Wilds of Kealia Pond and the National Wildlife Refuge System” by Bret Wolfe, Kealia Pond refuge manager. He will talk about the uniqueness of Kealia Pond and its birds while offering stories about the National Wildlife Refuge system.

There also will be crafting for the children, and visitors can read interpretive displays at the visitor center. The winners of the Friends of Kealia Pond NWR Photography Contest also will be displayed.

Admission is free.

Kealia Pond, established in 1992, is host to more than 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.

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