The Ruahine Forest Park has ideal habitat for our native whio, and exciting work is happening to protect these unique birds.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also text sightings to +64 27 341 8945.
If you are interested in volunteering opportunities, email email@example.com.