By Jennifer Waipa

Hanalei Valley. Photo by Dan Zimmerman/FWS

The Kaua‘i National Wildlife Refuge Complex — Kīlauea Point, Hanalei and Hulē‘ia National Wildlife Refuges — is celebrating National Wildlife Refuge Week from Oct. 9 to 16.

National Wildlife Refuges are part of a network of lands and waters that protect wildlife and their habitats. Refuges have been part of Hawai‘i’s natural heritage since the protection of the Northwest Hawaiian Islands as a bird sanctuary in 1909. Refuges protect sensitive areas and species, aid against erosion and flooding, and purify air and water. They also enrich human lives and provide $3.2 billion into the national economy and support more than 41,000 jobs (Banking on Nature).

Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1985 to conserve migratory bird nesting colonies, federally listed species, and native coastal strand, riparian and aquatic biological diversity, as well as to support fish and wildlife-oriented recreation. The refuge is home to some of the largest populations of nesting seabirds in the Main Hawaiian Islands and the historic Daniel K. Inouye Kīlauea Point Lighthouse. In 1988, the refuge was expanded to include Nihokū and Mōkōlea Point.

Hanalei and Hulē‘ia National Wildlife Refuges were established in the early 1970s to recover threatened and endangered species, and have a particular focus on native waterbird species.

To celebrate National Wildife Refuge week there will be a series of free events offered to increase awareness about local conservation issues and connect the local community with these refuges, their staff and partners, and the species and habitats that are native to the Hawaiian Islands. Visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/KilaueaPointNWR/ to learn more.

Virtual Lecture Series

Kīlauea Lighthouse. Photo by Jennifer Waipa/FWS

Hawaiʻi State Public Library System and the Kauaʻi National Wildlife Refuge Complex presents: Wildlife Wednesdays, which is a three-week lunch and learn series Oct. 6, 13 and 20 from 12 to 1 p.m. Each week will be a unique presentation from conservation organizations across the state. “Wildlife Wednesdays” virtual series features speakers from Pacific Rim Conservation, Conservation Dogs of Hawai‘i, and U.S. Geological Survey bat research program.

Registration is required. Visit librarieshawaii.org to pre-register.

Pacific Rim Conservation — Oct. 6 (