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Wildlife & Habitat

Hawaiian coots

Keālia Pond Refuge is a hidden wetland treasure transitioning the urban development and agriculture fields.  Here, endangered Hawaiian waterbirds are protected and go about their daily activities, and are joined by migratory birds in winter.  Quiet solitude for those that wander and explore the wetlands.

  • Birds

    Small stilt D. Clark

    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. More than 1,079 ae‘o and 584 ‘alae ke‘oke‘o have been observed here at one time.

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  • Reptiles


    Endangered Hawaiian hawksbill turtles nest on the adjacent beach from May to September.

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  • Blackburn's Sphinx Moth

    BS moth thumbnail

    Hawai‘i’s largest native insect, with a wing span of up to 5 inches (12 centimeters).

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Page Photo Credits — © Dan Clark, George Balazs, Ellen VanGelder
Last Updated: Sep 19, 2013
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