Main Image: At our recent Zero Invasive Predators volunteer event, long standing trustee Geoff Pike highlights the incredible effort volunteers have pumped into this project.
I hope this report finds you all well, warm and dry! Doesn’t the place look so wonderful all green and lush again, I enjoy all the seasons, but winter is one of my particular favourites because of the refreshing rains and the cool snow, the latter being a vital element for my love of sliding down steep mountains on expensive sticks (lol). Even though the weather may be a bit duller it is certainly not dull out on the reserve for our teams of hard working rangers and volunteers. The troops have been busy throughout all our many areas of mahi ensuring the project keeps ticking along at full intensity and at the highest level of quality.
Predator control throughout the month has seen only very few catches around the traps. Uptake of the double tap rodent toxin has slowed a bit since the usual autumn rush with only the grassy open land areas on the northern boundary and eastern flanks seeing a high uptake due to abundant field mice populations in those areas. The ranger team has now finished the install of extra predator control and monitoring devices at the grey faced petrel (gfp) monitoring sites on the eastern tip of the reserve. This includes more trail cameras keeping a close eye on the movements of predators and the gfp adults that are getting ready to lay their eggs in late July hopefully. In early August, a qualified team will return to these gfp breeding sites to carefully look into burrows to see if adults are present and if they are sitting on eggs. As you read this the mustelid trapping team will be immersed in a specialised stoat toxin operation using PAPP throughout the reserve in mid to late July, with the objective of removing any residual and trap shy stoats from around this area before the gfp eggs are laid. I hope all the extra gear and visits the team are putting into this gfp protection pays off this breeding season and we crack a good system for removing residual and new stoats from the reserve going forward.
This month saw lots of other tasks and activities achieved such as:
Read the full report for reports from our other rangers, a summary of the recent ZIP event and other highlights of the month.
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.