Thursday, June 17, 2010

Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge

Before I get home, I am lucky enough to be living and volunteering for a month here in this gorgeous place:

This is Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge which, like most of the island of Kaua'i, is home to stunning views and beautiful sunsets. As an important wetland for Hawai'i's endangered waterbirds, it was established as a refuge for their protection.

I live right next to the river

...and am just a walk away from some great birdwatching.

Hawaiian stilt - Ae'o
Stilt nest
Hawaiian Moorhen and chick - 'Alae 'ula
Hawaiian Duck - Koloa
Hawaiian Goose - Nene
But someone familiar showed up!
US Fish and Wildlife actually leases some of the land on Hanalei to local taro farmers because taro fields are very good habitat for the birds.

Endangered Hawaiian Wetland Species: Nene, Hawaiian Coot, and Koloa

Endangered Hawaiian Wetland Subspecies: Hawaiian Stilt and Hawaiian Moorhen

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