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Brown Teal shared Pukaha Mount Bruce, National Wildlife Centre's video.
Brown Teal shared Pukaha Mount Bruce, National Wildlife Centre's post.
If you want to help raise money for the Matuku Link project (joining Te Henga wetland & Ark in the Park) where many of our captive released Pateke will the habitat and be a great focal point in their Conservation and Education center.
All you have to do is vote for free each day by clicking on the link:
The trust will receive $5 for every vote, and you can vote every single day for the next two months so if you start today you could raise as much as $305 towards the project for spending 30 seconds a day voting by just putting in your name and email, that's it - nice and simple, so vote today and tomorrow and the next days.
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.