Sunday, November 22, 2009

Kealia Pond Boardwalk

Well, after I don't even know how many years of delays and setbacks, the Boardwalk through the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge is finally open!! A few weeks ago when Dean was out of school for Veteren's Day, Joel met Dean and I at Kealia Pond on a Wednesday morning and we all enjoyed a nice long walk along the new boardwalk! Here's your little piece of Maui Trivia for the day...The Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge is a coastal salt marsh along the coast between Kihei and Maalaea. The wetland is also a 691-acre bird sanctuary, home to 30 species of waterfowl, shorebirds and migratory ducks - including the endangered ae'o (Hawaiian Stilt), 'alae kea (Hawaiian Coot), and 'auku'u (Black-crowned Night Heron) - for all you bird folk out there.

Anyway, the wetlands are pretty dry this time of year, but we did get to see a couple of endangered Hawaiian Stilts before Dean scared them off!! Here are a few pics of our adventure:

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