The return of burrow-nesting seabirds to Ipipiri
Early this month Jo Sim and her species conservation dog Rua spent five gruelling days surveying the rugged coastlines of Ipipiri in search of burrow-nesting seabirds. The forests of these islands would have once been abundant with burrows housing a myriad of seabird species, but due to the arrival of introduced mammals and changes in land-use, the seabird population has been much reduced.
All aboard the floating classrooms
Project Island Song is wrapped to welcome Ria Bright on board as our new education facilitator. Ria joined the team just before the start of the Floating Classrooms season, and has had a blast going out on all 10 trips this year.
Thank you to the Joyce Fisher Charitable Trust
We would like to thank the Joyce Fisher Charitable Trust for their support, which will enable us to continue to teach and engage young people in conservation. We can't wait to start another season of floating classrooms, a programme where children experience native wildlife first-hand and can contribute personally to the wildlife sanctuary.
To learn more about the Joyce Fisher Charitable Trust, follow the link here to visit their website.
Welcome aboard Maddy!
What better way to welcome a newbie than by coercing them into wearing a furry full-body kiwi suit complete with leggings, on a hot summers day?
Maddy joined us in March just in time for Explore's Easter Family Fun Day at Otehei Bay. Though it was a hot ferry ride, it was a fun day, and a great way to start her new role.
Want to get your hands dirty and help restore the islands?
Planters needed in May and June
Sunday 20th May- Urupukapuka Island
Planting 1400 plants in old stock dam and stream valley
Sunday 10th June- Urupukapuka Island
Infill planting 300 plants at Urupukapuka and Squid Bay
Volunteer boat transport needed for planting on May 20th
If planting's not your thing, why not help out by being a volunteer transport champion!
We have a big planting day coming up so we need extra boats to help transport volunteers from the mainland (Kerikeri, Opua and Russell) for our planting on May 20th at Entico Bay, Urupukapuka.
Work with us!
Project Island Song Education Facilitator
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a skilled educator to facilitate and lead our unique education programme.
We are looking for someone who is passionate about inspiring conservation action amongst young people and stakeholders, and experienced in conservation and environmental education.
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.