Ducks Unlimited
Issue 161

Issue 161

October 2014

 

  • AGM/Conference roundup
  • More pateke matters
  • Trapping pests

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Another excellent AGM and Conference was held at Martinborough. Great venue, organisation and attendance. A big thank you toeveryone for making it a success. The field trip showcased Wairio wetland which enabled members to see where we have directed significant effort over recent years supported by numerous sponsors. At the…
Conservation week November 1-9 New Zealand is full of great places and hidden treasures. DOC knows because they manage over 1400 great places, each with its own special appeal. This Conservation Week DOC is making it fun and easy to get out and explore the great outdoors. They are hosting…
DU’s new co-patron - Diane Pritt  Ohakune farmer and long time DU member, Diane Pritt is the new co-patron of Ducks Unlimited New Zealand (DUNZ). She replaces Diana, Lady Isaac, who died in November 2012.  The position, shared with Jim Campbell of Wairarapa, had been vacant while the DUNZ board…
DU directors in the news – for good reasons Two DU directors, John Dermer and Dan Steele made the news this year,  both appearing in mainly rural papers, and both for very good reasons.   Dan Steele - Conservation and tourism with farming  Dan Steele is the main driving force behind Blue…
Pateke efforts pay off Dear Editor,   After reading the article written by Neil  Hayes on ‘A brief History of Ducks Unlimited Operation Pateke’ in the July 2014 issue of Flight, I feel there are a number of claims in his reference to pateke at Cape Kidnappers, which are inaccurate…
The milestone for Pateke this year is seeing the Northland flock count top the 2000 recovery plan of 750 birds.   Dangerous as it is to make any assumptions, it would appear that the natural spread of wild birds on this part of the Northland coast is benefiting from the…
Breeding Results 2013-2014   What a great year we have had with 33 ducklings reared and released over the last two weeks in March. This is a new record. Peacocks, two pairs lead the charge with having three clutch’s each and producing 23 and then Mt Bruce’s pair produced six…