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Penguin monitoring by microchip

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During the Rena incident, Trustees received training from Massey University’s Wildbase vets. We were kept upskilled during monitoring nights last summer.

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Birds handed in to ARRC released on Mauao

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Species of birds included Cook’s Petrel, Little Shearwater, Fluttering Shearwater, Grey-faced Petrel and Fairy Prion. Many of these species were unusual for the area, but came ashore by various reasons. Thanks to Craig Symes for the photos.

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Trustees receive training

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As part of our ongoing commitment to the environment, Trustees recently received training in identifying birds in the hand by members of BirdsNZ

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Sightings of Pied Stilts on Mauao wanted

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Get in touch with us if you see this common species of bird. It is quite uncommon on Mauao.

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Oystercatchers vulnerable to fishing line left on beach

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Unfortunately our friends the Oystercatchers were in trouble this summer. We received a callout to rescue this adult. Both adults were caught in the line – possibly when one went to rescue the other. Fortunately, one survived and will eventually re-pair. The bird which remained attached in the photograph went to the ARRC Trust and […]

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One of the last Mauao petrel fledglings for 2018

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Petrel Update July 2018

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This year marks 28 years since the Grey-faced Petrel has been studied on Mauao. We have all that we need regarding data to state the two following statements: 1] That without pest control, the colony on Mauao would half in 50 years 2] That without pest control, the colony on Mauao would not be there […]

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Moulting Penguins January 2017

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Our penguins are now in their moult period. This is a stressful time. They lose all their feathers at once. They can look quite second hand for a while, but in due course the new feathers look sparkly blue and we’ll update you with some sparkly photos after their moulting has finished. Meanwhile, here’s one […]

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New petrel species for Mauao

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A newly-recorded species of petrel for Mauao was ashore in Pilot Bay in January and was released with 13 other Grey-faced Petrels on 4th January. What was originally identified by the vets as a “shearwater” was in fact a petrel species the experts are still trying to identify. Paul Cuming suggested Cook’s Petrel. Other experts […]

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Brian Petrel and his neighbours leave Mauao

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Our target of banding 30 chicks was achieved this year – we banded exactly 30! Another 15 were banded and released on the Mauao “G” Colony that had been handed in to the vets from various locations, so we don’t exactly know where they came from. So 45 chicks this year is a “good” year. […]

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