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‘Behind the Scenes II’ to Provide Tour of Rare Species

Posted February 8, 2013, 06:19 PM HST Updated February 11, 2013, 10:40 AM HST
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Participants in the seminar will see such things as this rare hibiscus. National Park Service photo.

The public will have a rare opportunity later this month to see some of the world’s rarest plants and wildlife.

Friends of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park is offering a special field seminar in the park’s nursery, herbarium and bird and wildlife collection, which usually aren’t open to the general public.

The “Behind the Scenes II” event is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 23.

Event organizers said nearly all species of plants and birds known to live – or to have once lived – in Hawaii Volcanoes are represented in the collection.

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The tour will be conducted by Rhonda Loh, the park’s natural resources chief, with the assistance of botanist Linda Pratt and wildlife biologist Thane Pratt.

The event costs $25 for Friends members and $35 for non-members, who are welcome to join the non-profit group to get the discount. Proceeds support the Friends of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park educational programs.

To register call 985-7373, visit www.fhvnp.org or email [email protected]

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