Nene Goose Egg on Hawaiian Course

Nene goose egg, image via mauinow.com.

Nene goose egg, image via mauinow.com.

     A nene goose egg- laid by the nene goose, an endangered species and the official bird of Hawaii- was recently found on the grounds of The Kamehameha Golf Club (Waikapu, Maui). The white, oval object--much too large to be mistaken for a golf ball-- was found resting near a body of water.

     “As soon as an egg is laid we call the Department of Land & Natural Resources and Wildlife,” said Rick Castillo, Director of Golf at the club. “They come out and document the egg and place a three-sided box around the nest to protect them from golf balls and the weather,” Castillo also noted that the eggs take about a month to hatch.

     Members of the club are trained not to feed the goslings in order for them to remain wild, and learn to eat grass shoots for sustenance. While they are found in select areas of the island year-round, the eggs, and the geese which lay them, are most often found at the Haleakala National Park at an elevation between 5,500 and 8,000 feet.