Seasons of Wildlife

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Nesting season varies for our endangered birds found on the refuge, but occurs from January through October.

  • Nesting Season

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    Ae‘o nest March through August, with peaks in May and June

    ‘Alae ‘ula nest year-round but the active season is usually from March through August

    ‘Alae ke‘oke‘o nesting occurs year round, but most activity occurs between March and September

    Koloa maoli nest year-round, but the main breeding season is between January and May

  • Non-nesting Season


    October through February.

  • Sea turtle nesting


    The nesting season for Hawai‘i's sea turtles falls mostly in the summer months, generally from June through September, although some females dig nests and lay eggs as early as April.