We had a great inaugural meetup session at Kealia Pond this past Saturday. It was great to finally connect – in person – with seasoned and hopeful natural historians. We spent a few minutes learning how to use iNaturalist at the newly opened Kealia Pond visitors center. Afterwards, Americorps volunteer Brett led us on a hour-long walk around the pond. We learned about some of the efforts at the NWR to restore the surrounding environment and the challenges faced in keeping the area free of invasives like feral pigs and friendly for the native and visiting waterbirds that rely on Kealia’s wetland environments.
We are excited to be hosting the 2018 City Nature Challenge for the very first time in Hawaii. Our “city” is the entire island of Maui and we are encouraging folks to learn how to use the iNaturalist platform (mobile app and website) to record natural history observations on the island. We’ll use iNaturalist to record as many observations of biodiversity here on the island during the CNC competition – April 27,28,29, and 30 this year. For details about the events, visit our meetup page at https://www.meetup.com/Maui-Nui-Natural-History.