Last year, I was very lucky to be able to visit Waikamoi Preserve on the island of Maui in Hawaii. This property, owned by the Nature Conservancy, is one of the best birding locations in all of Hawaii to find the native birds of the islands. The preserve is typically closed to the public but while I was staying on Maui, I was able to arrange for a special hike through the forest. During my visit, I saw and photographed two of the rarest birds in the United States, ‘Akohekohe (Crested Honeycreeper) and Kiwikiu (Maui Parrotbill), in addition to many other native Hawaiian species. You can read more about my time on the preserve on my blog.
Recently, I learned that there is a huge addition to the preserve that has just been achieved through a conservation easement. This is incredible news for the critically endangered and endangered species that call this preserve home. With only about 500 Kiwikiu and 2,000 Akohekohe, this 3,700 acre addition just might help ensure that these species continues to survive for years to come! If you would like to learn more about this addition, the Nature Conservancy website is a great source of information. Also, The Maui Forest Bird Recovery Program offers fantastic information about the species that you might see at places like Waikamoi Preserve.