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Brown Teal
March 18, 2017 at 2:04 pm

Brown Teal shared Pukaha Mount Bruce, National Wildlife Centre's video.

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Pukaha Mount Bruce, National Wildlife Centre

Clutch #3. Mrs Pateke taking the ducklings for their first swim. They are naturals!
Ranger Mireille took this video yesterday. There are still 3 eggs in the nest and we are waiting to see if they will hatch.

Brown Teal
March 16, 2017 at 8:52 pm

Brown Teal shared Project Janszoon's post.

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Project Janszoon

We are really excited to be bringing back brown teal / Pateke to Hadfield Clearing, near Awaroa in May. Have a read of Pete's latest tweet for lots of interesting info on the birds and the translocation.

http://www.janszoon.org/news/petes-tweet/pateke-brown-teal/

Brown Teal
March 16, 2017 at 8:49 pm

Brown Teal shared Pukaha Mount Bruce, National Wildlife Centre's post.

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Pukaha Mount Bruce, National Wildlife Centre

Congrats to the pateke pair! Their third clutch of eggs this year has started hatching! There is the possibility that by the weekend there could be 8 little pateke ducklings out and about in the free flight aviary.... check back here for progress reports.#successstory #NZrarestmainlandwaterfowl

Brown Teal
March 1, 2017 at 11:42 am

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:

https://www.milliondollarmission.co.nz/finalists/matuku-reserve-trust

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.

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I am voting for Matuku Reserve Trust

milliondollarmission.co.nz

The Trusts are giving back one million dollars to community groups and projects all over West Auckland. Vote for Matuku Reserve Trust to help their organisation get their share of funding

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

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