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  Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge iNaturalist Projects

Our Friends of Keālia Pond group has set up a number of iNaturalist projects to help track species on the refuge and around Maui. Visitors may be interested in using iNaturalist to view the variety of species found at Keālia Pond, and may submit their own photos of wildlife and plants to help build a base of knowledge about what’s going on around our refuge. iNaturalist is a project to help people make observations about the natural world and identify species. Many citizen science projects use iNaturalist to produce research-quality data.

iNaturalist can be accessed through a mobile app, or online at To join these projects, search for Keālia Pond or Maui and when you get into the project, select “Join.”

Kealia Pond NWR: Species Survey

General observations by iNaturalist users on refuge property

Kealia Pond NWR: Native Plants

Native Hawaiian plant species that can be found at the dunes, wetlands pollinator garden and shrubland restoration projects on the refuge. Photos were taken elsewhere on the island.

Maui Bird Sightings

Bird sightings on Maui, Molokai and Lanai.

Maui Butterflies and Moths

Sightings of butterflies and moths in Maui County.  Rick Long’s photos are stunning.

Maui Dragonflies and Damselflies

Sightings of dragonflies, damselflies and other insects in Maui County.

Pollinators in Paradise

In October 2016, seven species of Hawaiian yellow-faced bees became federally protected under the Endangered Species Act. The goals of the Pollinators in Paradise Project are to spread awareness of the endangered native pollinator and enlist the help of the Hawaiian community and visitors to Hawaii in conservation efforts. In 2019, researchers involved with the Pollinators in Paradise project placed bee nesting boxes around Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge, and are interested in citizens submitting pictures of all pollinators around the refuge.