Whio census

Nina Mercer —  30/12/2014

The Ruahine Forest Park is a special place for me. I have tramped to many of the huts and been lucky enough to see whio (blue duck) on a few of these trips.

The Ruahine Forest Park has ideal habitat for our native whio, and exciting work is happening to protect these unique birds.

Whio / blue duck swimming. Photo: Herb Christophers. DOC use only.

Whio / blue duck swimming.

In an effort to get a more accurate picture of the total numbers of whio in the Ruahines, whio protection volunteers are carrying out a whio census in the Ruahines from now until June. This is part of an ongoing survey taking place this summer place in partnership with DOC.

You can help

Trampers and hunters are urged to keep an eye out.

If you come across this unique bird please note the location, number of adults and number of juveniles/ducklings sited.

Whio / blue duck family. Photo: Herb Christophers. DOC use only.

Whio / blue duck family

Please report all sightings, to the Te Papaioa, Palmerston North Office of Department of Conservation, 96 Malden St, Palmerston North, phone +64 6 350 9700, email manawatu@doc.govt.nz.

You can also text sightings to +64 27 341 8945.

If you are interested in volunteering opportunities, email manawatuvolunteers@doc.govt.nz.

Nina Mercer


Nina is a Partnerships Ranger based in Palmerston North who has worked in conservation for more than twenty years. She has a passion for our natural environment and loves exploring the outdoors, especially with her family.