Kittitas County Community Events Calendar
Kittitas Audubon-Birds (and more) of Maui
How do you decide where to go on your next vacation? For the co-authors, it was finding a panoramic centerfold in a magazine one gray winter day, showing the vast and colorful volcanic
landscape across Maui's Haleakala crater, and a reaction like "we NEED to go THERE some time". The crater at the summit of the island, a national park, and preserve, and a spectacular
hiking area, was one good reason to go. Of course, there are many other reasons for lovers of natural beauty: lush forests and tropical flowers, humpback whales spouting offshore, reef
fishes with scarcely believable color patterns, precipitous green mountains, sun, ocean, boat rides, and snorkeling. We sampled a bit of each, but with binox, cameras and guidebook , we
especially tried to make a personal survey of the birds in the diverse environments.
The spectrum of Hawaiian bird life includes migrants that stop over on long Pacific flyway routes, sea birds, introduced birds from areas the world over, and endemic birds, evolved in
isolation from their sister species on the continents.
Maui has a sampling of each. Near towns and condo-lined beaches, doves from Asia may nibble on crumbs under you patio table, while Indonesian sparrows wale you up in the morning.
Wetlands harbor winter visitors from the Artic as well as endemic waders. In dense forests, Japanese and Chinese transplants haunt the shade with exotic calls.
Back up on the mountain, at Haleakala, is the best place to see some of Maui's original endemics: Honeycreepers, and the iconic Hawaiian goose or Nene. All have had to retreat upward
in elevation to escape predators, disease, and overwhelming changes in forest and shoreline habitat. To see them is an introduction to a major conservation effort today: saving the island
The program will be presented by Jan Demorest and Steve Moore,(Kittitas Audubon members) at the Hal Holmes Center of the Ellensburg Public Library on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 7:00 P.M..
A short business meeting will precede the program, with refreshments after, and a chance to visit with Jan and Steve.
The program is co-sponsored by the Ellensburg Public Library and Kittitas Audubon.