Biosecurity Insights: Skinks hitchin' a ride
Project Island Song is lucky to have good relationships with local tourist operators, especially because we rely on them to be our eyes and ears for any pest incursions in the Bay. We felt this especially this month when one local operator, Vigilant yacht charters, reported two separate potential biosecurity incidents to Project Island Song.
We have reason to believe our kakariki population is increasing, thanks to our new remote monitoring equipment and to BJ, who has taken on the tedious task of sifting through hours of video footage.
Footage of kakariki is a national first (click here to see), so it has been a challenging yet rewarding experience learning how to use this new technology. Whilst remote monitoring allows us to easily observe juvenile and adult kakariki, because the juveniles are unbanded, it is difficult to get an idea of just how many juveniles there are. Going by what is known of kakariki behaviour, BJ and Richard have been trying to use known family groups to distinguish between different juveniles, and get a good estimate of the population size.
Update: Duvaucel's geckos
It's coming up to two months now since 50 Duvaucel's geckos were released into Ipipiri, and we are all no doubt anxious to know how they are doing, and what has become of the 30 or so pregnant females.
The release was a complete success, but is only the beginning of a 15-year translocation process. We are now moving into the monitoring stage of the translocation, where it is determined whether or not the population is thriving in its new environment. The indicators of success that monitoring teams will be watching closely in the next few months are survival of the founder population, and fingers crossed, increase in the population.
Candid Camera Captures Kākāriki - Video of First Bay of Islands Wild-Raised Kākāriki in 50 Years
In what’s thought to be the first time ever, Project Island Song has captured some remarkable video recordings of the first wild-raised kākāriki chicks in the Bay of Islands in as many as 50 years or more.
Duvaucel’s Geckos Return to Ipipiri
The rainy summer may be dampening the spirits of our visiting tourists but it’s great weather for geckos and put a big smile on the face of Project Island Song’s Project Manager, Richard Robbins. Monday 5 February was the latest native species reintroduction to Ipipiri, the Eastern Bay of Islands, this time 50 Duvaucel’s geckos. “The release day was blisteringly hot, so this rain and cooler temperatures is a real plus for us and our precious new arrivals” says Richard.
Threatened Species Ambassador Nicola Toki as Guest Speaker at AGM
Threatened Species Ambassador Nicola Toki as Guest Speaker at AGM Thursday November 2nd.
Bringing The Kakariki Home
We’d like to update everyone on yet another very successful Project Island Song native bird reintroduction. 40 kākāriki, the native red crowned parakeet, were the latest addition to take wing on Moturua Island in the Bay Of Islands, on June 13th in near perfect conditions. The event was pulled forward 24 hours because of the gale force winds predicted to be on their way, but it went off well with only a slight delay because of fog at the Auckland Heliport postponing the helicopters' take-off. It took a year’s planning to get permits and processes in place and so make it the very smooth operation it was, says project manager Richard Robbins.
Planting volunteers needed! Urupukapuka Island
When: Sunday 28th May 2017
Where: Urupukapuka Island
Guardians of the Bay of Islands needs help to plant 1500 native plants at a new site at Urupukapuka Bay and, for the third year, and 250 at Squid Bay, which will finish planting on that site.
Fullers GreatSights has once again very generously offered free transport to Otehei Bay for 86 volunteers planters in its vessel Te Papahu.
Welcome aboard Copthorne Hotel!
A big welcome to Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands who have become a Project Island Song supporter and have joined our Corporate Membership group.