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Brown Teal
February 21, 2017 at 9:23 pm

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.

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The Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust

This week we are processing 40 brown teal/pateke juveniles from captive facilities around NZ for release into the wild. All will be transmittered and released in Milford's Arthurs Valley on Thursday.

Photo: Leonie Heyder

Brown Teal
February 21, 2017 at 9:05 pm

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.

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Air New Zealand

Always a pleasure giving our friends the Pateke birds a ride to their new home. 😊✈ #AirNZPreciousPax #PeacockSpringstoGisborne

Brown Teal
February 14, 2017 at 9:01 pm

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.

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Nothing wasted during Pukeko cull

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600 Pukeko were culled last year from Tawharanui, but they did not go to waste.

Brown Teal
February 4, 2017 at 1:11 am

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.

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Kākāpō Recovery

Some good news from the animal kingdom!

Brown Teal
January 24, 2017 at 11:11 am

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.

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Ecoworks NZ Ltd

Our most recent release of endangered pateke at Te Kuri a Paoa (Nicks Head) took place in late December. All are doing well on the wetland and we have recorded 12 ducklings this season.

Brown Teal
December 31, 2016 at 11:48 pm

Brown Teal shared The Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust's post.

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!!

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The Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust

Brown teal/pateke juveniles - lots and lots of them.

Photos: Leonie Heyder

Brown Teal
December 28, 2016 at 9:06 pm

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.

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1080 in Student Films 2009

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The number 1080 will probably not have much significance to anyone who has not lived in New Zealand for very long. However this number brings up suspicion, fear…

Brown Teal
December 15, 2016 at 1:35 pm

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.

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Brown Teal
December 13, 2016 at 10:43 pm

Brown Teal shared Willowbank Wildlife Reserve's photo.

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Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

Here is something warm and fuzzy for a cold morning. Our brown teal eggs have hatched and the ducklings are learning to feed by themselves. These eggs were pulled from the nest as the parents had to be transferred to another reserve (Nga Manu) in the North Island. When they are fully grown these ducklings will go the The Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust for release to the wild. We will keep you up to date with how they are doing!

Brown Teal
December 13, 2016 at 10:43 pm

Brown Teal shared Willowbank Wildlife Reserve's video.

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Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

Our pateke ducklings are all out swimming and feeding for themselves now. You can see them washing in their water bowl. If you have ever wondered what we use the green water lily that grows on the ponds at Willowbank for then watch what the ducklings enjoy most from their food. The pond weed is great for baby ducks and geese giving them lots of healthy greens.

Pateke Partners Area

Pateke Partners Area