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Brown Teal shared The Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust's photo.
All the birds are now ready for their big journey on Thursday. The airnz video gives you an insight to the behind the scene work preparing the birds for release with radio transmitters (trackers) attached, physical health check, along with Metal and Colour leg bands attached (for individual identification. This is after many month being trained to eat from the same automatic feeders we provide them in the wild while they adjust to their new wild diet.
Their journey will start with being caught and boxed up into our special transport crates, dropped off to the airport an hour before their flight departure from Christchurch to Queenstown (flying with AirNZ our sponsors) then driven via road to Milford Sound. Once there they are put in a helicopter and flown about 10 minutes up the Arthur Valley, where they will be released alongside about a billion sand flies (not a problem for the birds, but for the humans releasing them is not that pleasant).
The South Island has presented the recovery program some challenges, so hopefully this release will answer some interesting questions and overcome some of those challenges.
Will keep you all updated with it's progress.
Brown Teal shared Air New Zealand's video.
Thanks Air New Zealand for doing this great little video, and thanks for your continued sponsorship it is greatly appreciated and needed.
Great picture of what we know pukeko can do to Pateke ducklings, but normally the ducklings head is missing, guess that was the next frame to come. Appreciate it is a natural event - native vs endemic species but when saving endangered species, the more common species sometimes needs to be sacrificed for the greater good.
Brown Teal shared Kākāpō Recovery's post.
Great article, shame Pateke don't get this sort of coverage as our project in the year 2000 using populations models predicted the species extinction by 2014. Instead we were able to not only halt the decline but increase the numbers in the wild by over three times and change the conservation status to "Recovering" which is a massive achievement in it's self.
So thanks to everyone who made this possible, it has really been a massive effort by everyone. Predator control has been the key, but our captive to wild releases have really made the difference so thanks again to all the captive breeding facilities who have supplied the over 1700 birds for release back into the wild.
Brown Teal shared Ecoworks NZ Ltd's photo.
A pic from the Nicks Head release last month. Tomorrow another 35 captive raised Pateke are heading off to Motutapu Island to be released.
Brown Teal shared The Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust's post.
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!!
Just watched this on Country TV, appreciate it is not new, but still relevant today and has some good information. Amazing we are 8 years on and there is still no real replacement for 1080, which highlights how important this naturally occurring poison is to NZ wildlife and ecosystems.
Today 20 more pateke are being released into Nicks Head at Gisborne. This is the 3rd release into the area and the birds are doing well. Still a few more releases to go before we have established a good base population. We are releasing these birds a bit earlier than normal (normally Jan/Feb) but with such a good breeding season our pre-release conditioning facility at Peacock Springs is rather full and this will free up some space.
Brown Teal shared Willowbank Wildlife Reserve's photo.