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Thursday, 05 September 2019 10:03

In Brief

Duck brood study

A $300,000 Fish & Game study is hoped to shed light on nesting success of native birds, in particular duck broods.

The three year study is the first of its kind in New Zealand, and aims to pinpoint when birds nest and lay, how many ducklings hatch and how many survive and fledge.

DU in NZ

Ducks Unlimited is New Zealand’s leading wetlands and waterfowl conservation group. We work to save our wetlands through  protection, funding, technical aid and  education so that the flora and fauna of our most endangered ecosystem are a legacy we can pass down to future generations. Our key focus is to increase the efficiency and number of New Zealand wetlands  developed and support any relevant wildfowl recovery programmes. To aid in this worthwhile cause we harness  community support and Government  resources, plus utilise global links and  findings from wetland global research programmes.

Second generation kiwi on way

MB23 - he’s one of the first generation North Island Brown kiwi born at Pukaha Mount Bruce after Operation Nest Egg  delivered his parents there in May 2010. Now he’s sitting on his own nest!

Department of Conservation Ranger Yuri Forbes is tracking his activities with a chick timer transmitter which tells Yuri that he’s nesting. The eggs (there’s usually two) will be removed at around 70 days incubation and with any luck the reserve will have their second generation kiwi about 20 days later hatching in the nursery.

 

 

Published in Issue 157
Sunday, 20 January 2019 03:32

In Brief

Symposium in Napier

The National Wetland Restoration Symposium will be held in Napier on 26-28 September, with Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage delivering the opening keynote address. The theme for this year’s symposium is Living Wetlands in the Living Landscape.

Other speakers are Australian ecologist Matt Herring and the new CEO for Fish & Game, Martin Taylor. 

Forum seeks changes


The Land and Water Forum wants a new national body to oversee freshwater management to prevent the decline of wetlands and ‘outstanding water bodies’. Forum chair Dr Hugh Logan said, “A motivated effort at a national level is required to improve water quality. It will require better coordination and deployment of resources, which we believe should be delivered through a new Land and Water Commission.”
In its report, commissioned by the Government, the forum said the  Resource Management Act should be stronger to prevent decline of wetlands.

Environment Minister David Parker said some, but not all, of the forum’s recommendations would be adopted. Suggested changes to the RMA were not likely to be introduced to Parliament this year, he said.

Injured bittern found

 
A severely malnourished bittern (matuku) has been found with a damaged wing by SH16 in Helensville.
 
A few weeks earlier in August, another bittern was  caught on video at the Orangihina  Wetlands in Te Atatu, West Auckland.
 
Rescue Charitable Trust hospital operations manager Lyn McDonald said the injured bittern would not fly again because of its injury.
 

 

Published in Issue 175