Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge visitor center and Kanui-manu Ponds viewing area will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 23.
An 11-minute movie titled "America's National Wildlife Refuge System: Where Wildlife Comes First" will be shown in the visitor center throughout the day.
Special interactive activities will also be offered at the refuge throughout the day.
Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge visitor center and Kanuimanu Ponds viewing area will be open to the public for special programs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 23.
Photo: Susan Halas
All ages are welcome to participate in the Art Experience Program, which is designed to introduce the basics of how to draw birds in a wetland environment. Students will learn bird-drawing basics in the refuge's classroom and then take what they've learned out into the field to draw birds in their natural habitat.
The Art Experience Program, from 9 to 11 a.m., with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) volunteer and artist Paula Sandefur, is for all levels. Drawing is a skill that anyone can learn and developing drawing skills can make you a better birder and naturalist by helping to hone in observation skills while paying attention to details to create a realistic bird drawing.
Wetland Bingo and Bird Bingo are interactive refuge activity for kids and the kid at heart. Players will learn more about the plants, birds and insects that live in Hawai'i's wetlands.
Learn more about the insects, turtles, and birds of the refuge by exploring hands-on specimens, puzzles and games at the Discovery Table.
Kealia Pond Wetland Wonders Bird Talk will be held from 11 a.m. to noon with refuge staff and USFWS volunteer Sonny Gamponia. Naturalist interpreters will be onsite at the refuge's bird viewing area and visitor center to help with bird identification and interpretation of the wetland environment.
From noon to 12:45 p.m., experience the Bird Viewing Walk at Kanuimanu Ponds with refuge staff, Gamponia and USFWS volunteer Rick Long.
Bring friends and family, and learn, have fun and win prizes!