This report covers January and February 2023.
Our buffer and roadside traps continue to catch more predators than traps within the reserve.
Detection of a similar proportion of stoats with our cameras in early 2023 compared to early 2022. Note: not all cameras could be serviced.
PFW has provided a great update.
Aki Tai Here has been a great help with our pest plant control.
Cyclone Gabrielle has left a lot of damage in its wake - see update in the ranger’s report section.
We are switching from pindone to ratabate for our rodent control programme.
New ranger on the reserve! Meet David.
The cyclone ripped right through the reserve leaving a big mess for us to deal with. The strong Southwest wind knocked a lot of trees down across the reserve, but did the most damage on the Northern side. Whilst driving down Ocean Beach Road, you will notice most of the hillside has turned brown. Many trees with track markers, traps and toxin stations attached have come down making it very hard to service these toxin/trap lines. We are working hard to clear our tracks so we can get back to the important mahi (predator control!).
The rain didn’t affect the North side of the reserve as much as the South. There are a lot of slips/landslides on the Southern side of the reserve, some of which are enormous. It’s very humbling to see how much earth can be carved out of a hillslide in one swoop. We will be re-routing tracks to avoid crossing slips.
Uptake by rodents of pindone in our bait stations has been low over the months following last spring's 1080 operation. Inside our intensive rodent control areas, where we are using ratabate (diphacinone) paste, uptake is higher. We have begun switching pindone out for ratabate across the rest of the reserve to see what happens to our uptake.
The aftermath of the cyclone has meant a lot of time has been pulled from our pest control programme and put into clearing our toxin/trap lines.
We are very happy to now have David on board as our new full time ranger. David has come from Nelson with a deep appreciation for the NZ bush. He recently completed Northtec’s pest control course, so he’s entered his new position with some great skills. He has now been with us for almost one month and has learnt his role very quickly. He is becoming quite the insect expert and has a great eye for spotting little creatures. He had quite the induction to his role, starting the day after Cyclone Gabrielle. He’s been a huge help with the reserve tidy up. Great to have you here, David, keep up the awesome work.
In this month's full report are two images of the Auckland green gecko (Naultinus elegans) photographed by Ecologist Matt Turner within the reserve. This species is one of four gecko species found in the reserve, but is the only green gecko species (Naultinus) we have here. The Auckland green can be found in patches around the Northern half of the North Island. They are an arboreal species that hunt for insects and feed on nectar. Green geckos are endemic pollinators. Check the full report part one for photos and a link to more information about these cute geckos, and don't forget to check out full report part two as well.
It is with great pride and happiness that I can announce our 2021/22 grey faced petrel (gfp) protection and monitoring a complete and wonderful success!
We’ve been installing cameras alongside our automated lure dispensers. We’ve seen good things (robins and kiwis) as well as bad (possums and stoats).
We have had such a busy, productive month this September, there has hardly been time to take a breath!
Our local seabird champion Cathy Mitchell spent a full day clambering around the steep terrain at the eastern tip of the reserve checking each of the burrows
Remote reporting of set and sprung traps on the north bounday of our reserve.
Our volunteers are hearing the latest methods and technology to remove predators from large landscape areas and then protect those gains.