Ducks Unlimited
Issue 29

Issue 29

September 1981

  • The Kakapo
  • Annual Conference
  • Hootnanny '81
  • DU News
  • NZ Freshwater Fish

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For the first time in twenty years the Wildfowl Trust, Slimbridge, received two pair of New Zealand Shoveler in  August, sent by Ducks Unlimited.   These shoveler were captive-reared birds kindly donated by Mr Bill Clinton-Baker of Hasterton.   The birds arrived at the Wildfowl Trust in excellent condition and…
Ducks Unlimited recently donated 16 Grey Teal to the Nga Manu Trust, Wellington. The birds are to be released at the Nga Manu sanctuary near Waikanae which has a park-like setting with bush walks, swamps and ponds.   June and Sig Bronger had a great year breeding Grey Teal and were…
The following new members joined DU this quarter   Bernard G.M. (F) Hare,D.P. (F) Roxburgh, A.J. (F) Bennett, Fred (F) Hill,L.E. (F) Smith, J.H. (F) Bellamy, Terry (F) Hutson, Miss A. (S) Stacy, D.M. (S) Corballis, Neil (F) Lawson P.J. (F) Stewart, Murray (S) Counsell, Ron (F) Nga Manu Trust…
"WILD GEESE OF THE WORLD'BY DR MYRFYN OWEN : SPECIAL OFFER TO DU MEMBERS...  $ 51 POST PAID (Nz RETAIL $ 53) DU MEMBERS: ACQUIRE THIS VERY SPECIAL BOOK AND HELP BOOST DU FUNDS AT THE SAME TIME! AS WELL AS OFFERING A DISCOUNT TO DU MEMBERS, THE WORLD WILDLIFE…
BARTON'S LAGOON, Wairarapa Neil Hayes reports three clutches "on the go" following the first maintenance/straw replacement visit on 2 August 1981. He comments that at least 80 Grey Teal were using the lagoon. Waikato Dudley Bell has summarised the 1981 breeding season (to 6 September) as follows: "Initial inspections were…
Mr F.N. Hayes outlined the year's highlights - among them the first official recording of captive reared Brown Teal in the wild on the mainland; and the outstanding figure of 101 birds reared to maturity by DU members — expressing thanks to all concerned and particularly the N.Z. Wildlife Service and…
Mr Maui Pomare, Trustee of the World Wildlife Fund-New Zealand addressed the meeting briefly; introduced Sir William Gilbert and commented with pleasure on Sir William's appointment as Chairman and President of the Fund in New Zealand. He outlined briefly the history of the WWF—NZ from early beginnings in 1970/71 to…
For the first time in living memory, men watched while the Kakapo population increased by two. The wildlife team on the island described the find as ‘mind boggling‘. The N.Z. Wildlife Service team have good reason to pat themselves on the back. Since 1977. when they discovered a community of…
Mr F.N. Hayes re—stated DU's objective to permanently establish the Canada goose in the North _ Island, which is being achieved by transferring geese from the South Island and releasing them in a pinioned state on to suitable dams and lagoons. He outlined the history of the project, since 1977,…
Mr David McNeil opened his remarks commenting that the decision by the Wildlife Service to capture and supply Ducks Unlimited with 10 pairs of birds was received with great enthusiasm as DU had long considered that the development of expertise with this species (before numbers in the wild are affected…