Kaelepulu wetland is part of several ongoing studies on the ecology and conservation of the `alae `ula or Hawaiian gallinule (Gallinula galeata sandvicensis). Charles van Rees, a Ph.D candidate at Tufts University, Massachusetts, is studying the movement habits of gallinules to better understand the relationships between small populations of the species scattered across Oahu. Birds […]
Many people know Oyster Catchers as very large, black and white shorebirds found on Atlantic and Gulf Coast beaches. True to its name, it likes to feed on oysters. Here at the Kaelepulu Wetland, the tables were turned when an oyster caught one of the Hawaiian Stilts. Early one morning, a stilt was spotted flying over the wetland with a large oyster clamped tightly on its toe. Read more about the rescue.