The Pu‘u Pua‘i Overlook, parking lot and a short section of Devastation Trail have reopened in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the park announced Monday.
The area temporarily closed in late December to protect breeding and nesting nene. The sensitive nesting time for this family has concluded, and the parents and their goslings are thriving.
The public is reminded to stay 60 feet away from nene and never give them food. Nene that are comfortable with people and handouts are more likely to be killed by vehicles.
Only 30 nene remained statewide in 1952. Efforts to recover the imperiled species began in the 1970s. The Nene Recovery Program continues, and more than 200 birds thrive in the park from sea level to around 8,000 feet.