Events and news from the West Coast Penguin Trust, November 2015
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Penguin Encounters:
An evening with Craig Potton

7.00pm, Friday 27th November, Hokitika Regent Theatre

Craig Potton penguin photoDon't miss this wonderful evening as Craig Potton regales us with tales and photographs of penguins from around the (southern half of) the globe. 
More details here: Penguin Encounters
And book online here: Regent theatre bookings
This is a fundraising event for the Trust - please share it with your networks!

Photography Masterclass with Craig Potton

9.30am-1.30pm, Saturday 28th November, Hokitika Regent Theatre

While visiting Hokitika, Craig Potton, the Trust's Patron, will also be presenting a photography masterclass limited to 20 people.  For just $125, you could learn from his vast experience, including some expert advice on two of your own images.
More details here: Masterclass
And book online here: Regent theatre bookings

Blue penguin census encouraging

blue penguinA big thank you to many of the regular participants who were out again last month for the 10th annual blue penguin census.  The number of tracks from penguins heading out before dawn were up in all but one of the locations visited this year.  Read more here: 10th annual blue penguin census

Blue penguin foraging grounds revealed

Trust Ranger, Reuben Lane, has been attaching and recovering tiny GPS loggers from blue penguins over the past few weeks.  He reports that we are starting to get a good idea of where the important breeding season foraging grounds are, as in this map, which appears to be three separate foraging trips with the longest 23km off shore.  Reuben commented after removing one of the loggers: "I think she was happy to have it taken off today as she sat quietly in my lap while I took it off.  Penguins would make great hot water bottles if only they weren't so smelly ;)"!

Five days on Motuara Island in the Sounds

Kerry-Jayne Wilson, Trust Chair, has sent this report “after five delightful days with penguins on Motuara Island in the outer reaches of Queen Charlotte Sound”, where she was assisting with part of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa's thee location blue penguin foraging study.  Read more here: Motuara Report

Mixed season for Fiordland crested penguins

The cameras being used to monitor any predator activity around Fiordland crested penguin nests at Jackson Head were removed recently at the end of the breeding season.  Although some chicks have been seen and heard, there are also reports of chicks starving to death due to an apparent poor foraging season in the area.  We will report more from the season's findings soon, but in the meantime, better news has come from Milford Sound, where our tawaki collaborator, Dr Thomas Mattern, has found very well fed chicks and adults foraging within a very short distance of their nests.  Read more here: Successful tawaki breeding season in Milford Sound

Thank you Kim

Last week the Trustees regretfully accepted the resignation of Trustee Kim McPherson, who has had to resign due to family commitments. Chairperson Kerry-Jayne received her resignation with enormous sadness.  "Kim has extensive experience in managing eco-tourism ventures and in native bird rehabilitation. The Trust has benefited greatly from Kim's input and we hope that once the family commitments are no longer so demanding she will once again take on a Trustee's role." Trustees, staff and supporters wish her well and thank her for her contributions.

Videos are being released from the Spirit of Mawson expedition two years ago and here’s our very own Kerry-Jayne Wilson surveying for petrels in the Auckland Islands during that trip. The 4 minute video shows Kerry-Jayne using a burrowscope to view petrels inside their burrows on Ewing Island, and then talking to Veronika Meduna of National Radio. 
Chris Turney, expedition leader, has created the “Intrepid Science” website for more videos from the furthest corners of the planet as the team learns  – and shares – how the world works: Intrepid Science

Protect penguins simply by booking your holiday accommodation!

We reported recently that KiwiKarma increased their donation to 5% for every online NZ accommodation booking you make through their website; they have just announced that some hotels are now donating 8% to the charity of your choice through KiwiKarma!
Don't forget, KiwiKarma is supported by the BookIt system and should meet every NZ accommodation need you, your family, your friends and your business might have, so please use it when planning your summer holiday or business trip accommodation.

When making your booking, simply select us at the end of the short booking process.  This is a great opportunity to help us at no cost to you and we need to make the most of it!  There are no booking or credit card fees; please share this with everyone you know!  Thank you!
PS - They offer great competitions and the current one offers the chance to win a trip to Auckland's Go Green Expo in April.

We'd love it if you would make a donation to the Trust as, with a little help from friends like you, we are making a big difference for the West Coast penguins and other threatened seabirds. Givealittle link
Not only does it mean we can do more because of your contribution, but donations also count when seeking sponsorship and grants, so your donation is likely to be multiplied and regular donations can achieve even more!
Thank you!
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