Who says nēnē don’t fly?
Who said nēnē can’t fly? They descended from Canada geese who flew off course to Hawai‘i thousands of year ago. Some of their cousins from those same Canada geese were in fact flightless, but nēnē fly regularly!
At Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, each morning (6-8 am) and again each afternoon (4-6 pm) nēnē fly between their foraging and roosting grounds. Listen for their honks as they fly overhead along the Crater Rim Drive between Kīlauea Visitor Center and Jaggar Museum.
Have you seen nēnē recently? Post a comment here that includes where you saw them, the time of your observation, how many, and which direction they were heading.
Photo courtesy of NPS Master Volunteer, David Boyle.