The seasonal conditions that occur at Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge make it a notable place to observe Hawai‘i's endangered wetland birds, along with a diversity of feathered visitors from as far away as Alaska and Canada, and occasionally from Asia.
Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge is valuable for its endangered ae‘o
(Hawaiian stilt) and ‘alae ke‘oke‘o (Hawaiian coot), providing nesting, feeding
and resting habitat.
The pond is the wintering grounds for a diverse assemblage of migratory birds
from late summer (August) to early spring (April). It is one of the most
important areas in the state for wintering migratory waterfowl.
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Most distinguishable by its long down-curved bill. As many as 4 individuals have been observed at the refuge during summer, possibly not migrating to their mainland breeding sites.