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|Bird Park (Kipuka Puaulu)
Although you can glimpse a variety of birds all over the Park, one
trail will take you to the center of the action. Nicknamed the Bird
Park, Kipuka Puaulu takes you through the Koa and Ohia Forests where
you can observe native birds and enjoy their sweet songs.
nene is the state bird of Hawaii, though it is also on the endangered
species list. With only around 800 of these birds left, it is
pretty tough to find a good place to observe these creatures. Yet,
since they tend to live on the volcanic slopes, catching a glimpse
of this bird at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is inevitable
if you know what you’re looking for. The nene
has a black head, black back from the neck, brownish red wings with white tips,
tan cheeks, tan or red chest, black legs and feet, and black eyes. If you
truly want to see one of these exotic creatures, go on a guided hike
with one of the rangers. Good luck!
If you make it to the coast
of the Park, you might be able to see one of the nesting sites
of the marine animal known as the Hawksbill turtle. With only 5 nesting
sites left in the Hawaiian Islands, 3 out of those 5 are found
in the Park. Mongoose and feral cats have threatened this species
to extinction by feasting on the turtles’ eggs.