Volunteer species monitoring

Whether you are a burgeoning naturalist or an experienced birdwatcher, Project Island Song has a number of monitoring projects that you can be part of, and help make a success of.

Throughout the Spring we have been out on the islands most Tuesdays to carry out monitoring of reintroduced species. Through the summer we'll be locating and mapping birds’ breeding territories, before post breeding monitoring in Autumn. Some of our most valuable volunteer contributions also occur at home, where data entry and reporting are crucial to the success of many of our projects. If you are keen to take part, please let us know.

While it’s early days, indications are that the pateke, toutouwai, tieke and popokotea are doing well on their new island homes. If you’ve walked the islands of Ipipiri recently we're sure you’ll agree.

"I have been fortunate along with about a dozen other volunteers to participate in the first year monitoring program to determine how well the re-introduced toutouwai and tieke are adapting to their new life in Ipipiri. The fact we are seeing as many unbanded second-generation birds as those with leg bands indicates the new arrivals of the past two years are pairing up and getting on with life. That’s one measure of initial success". - Peggy Burbank

Counting birds
toutouwaiThis year we have focused on building our volunteer base and skills for species monitoring.

With help over previous years from CJ and Carol Ralph and others from Ornithological Society, and more recently supporters of Tiritiri Matangi, we now have a dedicated group of volunteers.

Our team combined with Tiritiri supporters for the spring bird survey that took place over Labour Weekend. It was lovely for the Tiritiri folk to enjoy the islands and to see birds that had come from Tiritiri doing well on the islands of Ipipiri.

"Since being a volunteer for Project Island Song, I have spent numerous days out on several islands assisting with other volunteers with removal of pest plants, monitoring translocated bird species and participated in the annual bird count. Volunteer trips out to the islands start off with a beautiful boat ride which on many occasions includes seeing dolphins, orca, penguins and numerous other bird life, a fantastic start to the day". - Sarah Knight

New monitoring kits
monitoring2We’ve been able to purchase some fantastic monitoring equipment with the help of a grant from Pub Charity. This included binoculars, GPS, and VHF radios as well as locator beacons to keep our volunteers safe.

Results from the surveys and monitoring will be important for the future of the Project Island Song ecological restoration of Ipipiri. Thanks to all those who have helped and contributed.

There are a number of different ways you can be part of Project Island Song, including (but not restricted to) planting, bird monitoring, weeding, and advocacy on the islands.

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