**Note** The pin on the Google map above is off. The entrance is to the south of the pin. You can see the green-roofed Visitor's Center from Mokulele Highway. Also, this location is _NOT_ the boardwalk along N. Kihei Road.
9:00-10:00 Wetland Walk
10:00-11:00 iNaturalist training
We will be joining one of the NWR staff at the Visitor's center for a guided tour around the ponds. If you haven't been to the Visitor Center yet, this is a chance to check it out after the walk.
The refuge and visitor center is located at Milepost 6 on Mokulele Highway (Maui Veterans Highway) in Kihei. Kealia Pond is host to over 30 species of birds, including the endangered Hawaiian stilt and Hawaiian coot and migratory waterfowl. The refuge has walking trails and a coastal boardwalk in Maui’s largest wetland area. Established in 1992, the wildlife refuge covers over 700 acres between Kihei and Maalaea.
John, your organizer, will provide a short intro to using and taking pictures to use for iNaturalist records. After the walk, we'll talk about making entering an observation correctly and how to add an observation to a project, like the upcoming City Nature Challenge in April.
• What to bring
Bring a phone with your iNaturalist app loaded up and/or a digital camera. Always a good idea to bring water, sunscreen and a hat! Field guides to local fauna and flora will be helpful too!
• Good to know
This event is FREE for the meetup, wetland walk and admission to Kealia Pond.