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We have been monitoring 2 species of seabird on Mauao – Grey-faced Petrels and the Little Blue Penguins. This involves night time capture, banding, weighing etc of these birds. A reasonable level of fitness is required for this work.

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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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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Mauao petrel and penguin update

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Since 1989 we have been monitoring Grey-faced Petrel chicks on Mauao. Some years are better than others, with 2 chicks being the very worst year (mainly due to stoats), and 52 chicks in the best year. Last year we had 30 chicks. This year we want to increase that number, as 50 is really only maintaining […]

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Latest petrel arrivals back at Mauao

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Some of our regular Grey-faced Petrels have returned to our colonies in the last few weeks. Here are two of the latest arrivals!  

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Grey-faced Petrels on Mauao

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The Grey-faced Petrel colony has had one of the best chances to get a good crop of chicks away for the 2015/6 season, with low rat numbers. The 26 chicks that were counted as fledged this year was a good improvement on the last full year of the study. But we need at least 50 […]

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