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Native bats are something few New Zealander’s know exist, let alone have ever seen. With two species living in Fiordland local rangers undertake monitoring in order to protect and learn more about these special little critters.

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The first clutch of this season’s tokoeka nests has finished at Shy Lake and seven chicks hatched in our monitored nests. As usual, we were down after dark in many layers of clothing, flask of tea by our side and head-torch at the ready, waiting for the young chicks to come out.

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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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