June 4th with the Nature Conservancy
Title: Get dirty in the Waikamoi Preserve
Leader: Kerri Fay
Where: Waikamoi Preserve. Meet at Makawao Liquor Shack/Stopwatch @8am
Background: From mauka to makai the Nature Conservancy works with local communities, businesses and people like you to protect Hawaii's best natural lands and waters. Since 1980, we have established a statewide system of Conservancy preserves, helped create new wildlife refuges and expand national parks, forged partnerships to protect our most important watershed forests and coral reefs, and led efforts to stem the tide of invasive species entering the state. All total, we have helped protect more than 200,000 acres in the Islands.
Waikamoi Preserve provides an important sanctuary for hundreds of native Hawaiian plants and animals. It’s high elevation rain forest and alpine shrubland are home to 12 different native bird species, seven of them are endangered. The preserve shelters a large variety of native ferns, herbs, shrubs and trees that reflect the biodiversity of Maui. Many are rare plants unique to East Maui, including members of the Lobelia and Geranium families. The Nature Conservancy protects the native species living in the reserve by managing the invasive weeds and animals.
Description: Our native forests are being invaded by non-native weeds. Come join us for a day in the forest as we lend hands to help control the invasive Himalayan ginger. We will also learn about native plants, birds, and insects from the local Nature Conservancy crew.
What to bring: closed toe shoes, rain jacket, long pants, lunch.
Space is limited to 13 participants
Cost: $15/person. Please contact Magen at firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations