Next Trust meeting and Don Neale's sea stack talk
Wall Island. Photo: Alexandra Perkins
The next meeting of Trust Supporters is on Wednesday, September 4th
at 10am, at DOC Hokitika.
Everyone is welcome - the meetings are usually finished by 12 and are always followed by some yummy snacks.
After this meeting, the entertaining and hugely knowledgeable Don Neale
will present an illustrated lunchtime talk, called â€œStacks of Value â€“ the coastal rock stacks and islands of the West Coast Te Tai o Poutini.â€
The Trust is appealing to its wonderful supporters to give a small regular donation as an Annual Supporter. Regular donations are enormously valuable to the Trust, whether small or large, and help reduce reliance on other funding that is not guaranteed. The suggested donation is $25, but any amount will be very welcome. Go here to donate by direct credit or credit card. http://www.bluepenguin.org.nz/donate/
Penguin Autopsies suggest Aussie Secret
Trust ranger Reuben Lane has now performed autopsies on 58 dead penguins and is sending samples from the birds for further analysis to an Otago University PhD student.
Preliminary analysis on the DNA sequencing has revealed an interesting link to our feathered friends across the Tasman. Early tests suggest that 2 of the penguins killed by dogs or cars have DNA closely related to Australian birds, says Reuben. â€œThese may be Aussie birds turning up here.â€
Watch this space as more hidden stories about our West Coast penguin population are discovered through their DNA.
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