Open House: Keauhou Bird Conservation Center

Nalu, a male alala, poses for photographs.

Nalu, a male alala, poses for photographs.

The Keauhou Bird Conservation Center in Hawaii will be hosting an Open House on December 14 and 15, 2013. The Center is one of two facilities that make up the Hawaii Endangered Bird Conservation Program.

We use captive propagation techniques to breed endangered birds that are eventually reintroduced back in the wild. Typically, we limit public outreach at our facility to minimize the amount of stress on the birds. But once a year we are excited to open our doors to the public to share stories about our program. Due to the overwhelming amount of interest we receive from local Big Island residents every year, we have added a full second day of tours this year!

The kitchen where bird diets are prepared is an interesting part of the tour.

The kitchen where bird diets are prepared is an interesting part of the tour.

During the tour, you will get an up-close look at kiwikiu (Maui parrotbills), which live on the windward slopes of Haleakala on Maui; puaiohi (small Kauai thrushes), a rare songbird that lives in the Alakai Swamp on Kauai; palila, finch-billed honeycreepers found only on the slopes of Mauna Kea; and alala (Hawaiian crows), highly intelligent corvids that are extinct in the wild and only exist in captivity. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to get an up-close look at these species that are found only in Hawaii! If you’re lucky, you might also see one of several wild nene pairs that frequently wander the grounds of the Center looking for native berries and a nice place to build a nest.

Please contact us at kbccopenhouse@gmail.com or 808-985-7218 to reserve your spot on one of the tours. Reservations are required. Tours are at 8 and 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m., and last for about 2 hours. Our facility is located near the Volcano Golf Course. In addition to the tour, the open house will include a silent auction, T-shirt sale, and the chance to meet several local artists who create bird-related works of art. Refreshments will be provided and donations are welcome.

We look forward to meeting you at the Keauhou Bird Conservation Center!

Amy Kuhar is a research associate at the Keauhou Bird Conservation Center. Read her previous post, Alala Chicks Fledge.

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