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  • Baby aeo

    Baby Ae‘o

    Chicks resemble their eggs with brown and off-white speckles until they obtain feathers similar to the adults.

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  • Coot chick

    Baby ‘Alae ke‘oke‘o

    A face only a mother could love - chicks have black down, except on the head, neck and throat, where the down is reddish-orange.

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  • Moorhen chick

    Baby ‘Alae ‘ula

    Chicks are covered with black down and have a bright red bill.

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Visiting the Refuge

Refuge Open for Tours

The Ki‘i Unit of the James Campbell NWR is open to the public on a limited basis during the nonbreeding season of the endangered Hawaiian waterbirds. Guided public tours are offered on Saturday mornings at 9:30 am. Please arrive before the tour begins as the refuge entrance gates will be locked once the tour starts. The tour lasts 1.5-2 hrs. and consists of a short walk around the refuge and bird viewing opportunities. Visitors are welcome starting Saturday, December 27, 2014, through the last Saturday in February 2015. The refuge will then be closed to the public during the spring and summer for ae‘o (Hawaiian Stilt) nesting, reopening in the fall. The ae‘o frequently nests on the dikes that are used to access the refuge and is prone to human disturbance. Come and join other birders from around the island, the state, our country, and the world who find their way to the James Campbell NWR.

About the Complex

Oahu Complex

Oahu NWRC consists of James Campbell, Pearl Harbor, and Oahu Forest NWRs.

James Campbell is managed as part of the Oahu Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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What's Happening

  • Predator Control

    Predators introduced to Oahu are a primary threat to the endangered waterbirds and require constant attention. Mongooses, feral dogs, cats, pigs, bull frogs, and cattle egrets – all have taken a significant toll on Hawaii’s native waterbirds. An intensive, year-round predator control program has been implemented on the refuge to reduce the impact from these invasive predators.

  • Status and Movements of the Bristle-thighed Curlew

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    The initial phases of a project to study bristle-thighed curlews on the refuge have been completed. The project is planned to study the demographics, local and migration habitat use, and genetic make-up and relationship of this wintering population to other wintering populations and the two distinct Alaskan breeding populations.

    Bristle-thighed Curlew Report
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Last Updated: Jan 14, 2015
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