Hot topic: Keeping the islands pest free this summer
Biosecurity is a hot topic for Project Island Song – even hotter at this time of year as visitor numbers increase. For Project Island Song, biosecurity means when you're visiting the islands this summer, here's what NOT to bring...
Wananga: Marae-based Learning
Rana, Viki and the REP team have extended their mainland pest control, island biosecurity checks and maintenance contracts and are now also organising a series of local wananga (training courses).
We've been out and about
Project Island Song has been out and about at local events over the past few months.
Lending a hand
Frucor Corporate Social Responsibility
Frucor sponsored 400 trees for Project Island Song, some of which were planted by a very enthusiastic lot from their sales and marketing team on Thursday 1st September.
Weedbusting, summer 2016
Our Project Island Song summer weed-busting season on Urupukapuka finished at the end of April with the conclusion of Explore’s summer ferry service to Otehei Bay, and is now underway on Moturua.
Successful Toutouwai release on Urupukapuka
On Sunday 29 May, Project Island Song released 30 toutouwai (North Island robins) in Entico Bay, Urupukapuka. This, the second of toutouwai translocations to Ipipiri, was the culmination of ten days hard work in Pureora Forest; the weather was against the team making it extremely difficult to gather the requisite number and gender of birds for translocation to the Bay of Islands.
The toughest incursion season yet
The pest-free islands of Ipipiri, Bay of Islands, are becoming a mecca for birdlife. Since the eradication in 2009, tomtit, fantail and tui are thriving in the absence of predators, and the new arrivals of toutouwai (North Island robin), tieke (saddleback) and popokotea (whitehead) have found sanctuary in their new home with successful breeding seasons reported. With the proximity to the mainland and accessibility of these islands for everybody to enjoy, these safe havens are constantly monitored and managed to defend from invading predators.
Popokotea released to Moturua and Urupukapuka Islands
On Saturday 23 April, Project Island Song partners, supporters and volunteers celebrated the successful release of 80 pōpokotea/whitehead to two of the main islands of Ipipiri, in the Bay of Islands. The release is part of a bigger ecological restoration programme, with a vision to bring back the birdsong note by note until the ancient dawn chorus is revived.
Popokotea & Toutouwai Release to Ipipiri Autumn 2016
This autumn we welcome the translocation of two species of native bird – popokotea (whitehead) and toutouwai (North Island robin) to two of the islands of Ipipiri, Moturua and Urupukapuka in the Bay of Islands.
Rats found on pest-free islands
Ipipiri/Eastern Bay of Islands have been pest-free since 2009. Our pest response was tested recently when several rats were detected during routine monitoring on the islands. Department of Conservation release.