Archives For Native animals

It’s a fierce fight each year for which native bird will be crowned the top of the flock. 2019 is no different with the campaign efforts growing larger and bird bickering louder than ever.

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Today’s guest post comes from Karen Andrew, one of Tim’s team mates. She goes through the challenges, but also the highlights of catching the new Fiordland kiwi chicks and placing transmitters on them, for monitoring.

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Kākā flying over the Bark Bay/Wairima estuary or chattering in the trees have become a new eye-catching spectacle on the Abel Tasman National Park coast. This spring, 24 kākā were released there as part of Project Janszoon which with DOC is restoring the park’s ecology. Motueka Ranger Dan Arnold, one of the DOC team that works for Project Janszoon, tells the behind the scenes story of getting the kākā to the bay.

It’s fantastic to see the kākā flying around Bark Bay and visitors seem to really enjoy them.

Kākā used to be seen in large numbers in the Abel Tasman but predators had driven down their numbers and it was believed only a few males were left.

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