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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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Petrel Update July 2018

Grey-facec Petrel

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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Bird Species List for Mauao and local surrounding sea [56 species in total]

Key to species. E= endemic (nowhere else in the world). N= Native (naturally here). I = Introduced by man Land birds:  [35 species] White-faced Heron  [N] Cattle Egret (one record, 2000s)  [N] Reef Heron [N] Black Swan [I] Paradise Shelduck [E] Mallard [I] Australasian Harrier [N] New Zealand Falcon [E] California Quail (breeding) [I] Pheasant […]

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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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