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Who says nēnē don’t fly?

July 1, 2014

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.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. John Mueller permalink
    July 1, 2014 7:47 am

    I see Nenes flying over Waikoloa Village in the afternoons. The flight direction and the number vary. The Waikoloa golf course is a favorite stop for Nenes.

    • HAVO Public Affairs Specialist permalink*
      July 1, 2014 11:43 am

      Thanks, John! It’s good to remember that nēnē are seen all over the island, and that they are endangered. Did you hear that a pair was spotted at the Mauna Lani Resort last December? It made their resort newsletter, cool photo too of them down by the coast!

  2. Scott permalink
    July 15, 2014 7:40 am

    I live in upper Volcano Village and regularly see nene flying over the house headed mauka from the Park. I actually often hear them calling before they are visible. They must be headed to feeding areas near Ola’a or nearby?

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