Birdwatching to celebrate treaty centennial

KILAUEA — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Hawaii Audubon Society are hosting a three-hour informational hike to the top of Nihoku, also known as Crater Hill, Aug. 25 in honor of the centennial anniversary of the MIgratory Bird Treaty.

The hike will possibly also include a jaunt down to the predator-proof fence for a talk about the conservation efforts of the Newell’s shearwaters and the Hawaiian petrals in the area.

Attendees will get the chance to view the north shoreline’s vistas and coastline, and the native seabirds including red-footed boobies, wedge-tailed shearwaters, red-tailed tropic birds, great frigtes, white-tailed tropical birds and others.

The hike is about 1.5 miles long and is considered strenuous. Shoes are required. Bring plenty of water, snacks, a hat, and sunscreen. Cameras and binoculars are also encouraged.

Meet at 7:45 a.m. at the entrance to Seacliff Plantation subdivision on Kilauea Road, and attendees will carpool through Seacliff at 8 a.m.

Please RSVP to attend to hiaudsoc@pixi.com, subject line: MBT Nihoku Bird Walk. Deadline is Aug. 18.

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