What have the rangers been up to?
We added the finishing touches on track maintenance as we prepared to have a fully functioning toxin operation. We have now achieved this for the first time since the cyclone. We have also been busy with our standard trapping and Ōi/grey faced petrel nest monitoring/protection. We are encountering the same issues as the previous season with relentless stoats causing problems for the breeding season.
Above: Kiwi on the march past one of the southwestern trail cameras.
Left: Ranger Tom Grinstead with a mighty big stoat. Right: Ray from Aki Te Here spurring on Ranger Tom Flynn-Plummer after a handpull of a huge moth plant stem.
Read the full Rangers Report for September 2023 for more details, news from our community planting day, trapping tables, updates from all our rangers, and more.
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.