Project Update

The past six months have been very hectic for staff working on the Poutiri Ao ō Tāne project.  Many milestones have been accomplished in a short time frame.  To recap, the project has successfully seen the relocation of 29 kakariki and six kaka to Boundary Stream Mainland Island.  The kakariki were released straight into the bush and are heard chattering high up in the canopy.  All six kaka have now been released and even though only four are monitored, all six continue to be seen and heard around the aviary site location.

 The predator proof fence was erected in time for the trans-location of 50 Cook’s petrel (titi) on 11 March 2013.  Working with Cape Sanctuary staff to reduce costs and share skill sets and knowledge, the petrel were collected from Little Barrier Island over the preceding few days.

 April will see the trans-location of mottled petrel (kori) from Cod Fish Island(Whenua a Hou), completing the species reintroduction of seabirds to Boundary Stream Mainland Island for 2013.

 Volunteers will be needed to help feed the chicks once they arrive, so if you haven’t already done so, please register your volunteer interest on the website.

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