News and views from the WC Penguin Trust, November 2014
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SMALL CHANGE, BIG IMPACT ... It's New Zealand's first 'GivingTuesday', on Tuesday 2nd December, a global day of giving and appreciation of generosity.  Christmas is known as the season for giving and giving to a local charity is a perfect antidote to overspending at Xmas!
We'd love it if you would make a donation as, with a little help from friends like you, we are making a big difference for our penguins.

Penguin Education Resource Launched!

All coast children to have the opportunity to learn about penguins and seabirds

The West Coast Penguin Trust has dreamed of connecting with all the children on the coast so that they can learn about and appreciate our penguins and other seabirds, and that dream becomes a reality today as a magnificent new resource is launched!
Teacher and Enviroschools coordinator, Zoe Watson (photo below) has researched and written the material for the resource, which comprises 21 activities that enable teachers and youth leaders to guide children on a voyage of discovery.  They will learn about penguins and other seabirds and can take action to protect them. 
All primary schools on the coast will receive a hard copy, as will scout and guide groups, home school groups and holiday programme coordinators. The resource is also online on our website
www.bluepenguin.org.nz/education.  (If you would like to access it, a small form asks for contact details so that we can keep you up to date with any additions.)


We're very proud of this achievement, which has been made possible with sponsorship from Holcim and grants from Pub Charity and the Lottery Grants Board.  We're also very grateful to Kristine Hickford and Kaniere School for hosting the launch today (28th November).

 

Penguin Breeding Season Update

Fiordland crested and blue penguins, tawaki and korora

For the first time this year, the Trust has been actively working with Fiordland crested penguins as its pre-predator control monitoring got underway.  Researcher Dr Thomas Mattern, who has been conducting a penguin marine ecology project at the same location, reported that the Jackson Head colony appears to be thriving.  Both he and the Trust now need to review data collected during the breeding season.  In the meantime, we're sure that you will enjoy Thomas' videos of the tawaki, which seemed to treat him as part of the furniture! 

Fiordland crested penguin, South Westland
Despite a late start to the season reported in some locations, it appears to have been a good season for blue penguins on the coast with no major hiccoughs.  Chicks will be fledging now and starting to explore.  Please take extra care on coast roads after dark and ensure your and any friends' dogs are safe and secure when at home and under control at the beach.
Although the main burrow occupation season is only half way through, no penguin deaths have been reported in the area of the new penguin protection fence, completed in August.  Excellent news for all of us, and most of all for the three colonies that are protected!

Blue penguin adult and chicks, Charleston

The tawaki project has been made possible through a grant from the Department of Conservation and a generous donation from Greenstone Helicopters. 
Blue penguin projects and the running of the Trust continue through your donations - thank you!

 

A big thank you to our very generous donors

We would like to say thank you to our wonderful donors and members through the newsletter.
Recently, we have received donations from:
  • Breakers B&B
  • Denise Mayes
  • Shining Star
  • M Humphries
And three new life members:
  • Denise Tilling
  • Jack Davidson
  • Nicola Finnie
Supporters and donations are the lifeblood of the Trust, and, if you can help or would like to join, please donate via direct payment or regular giving (details here) or fee free credit card payment here. 
Thank you so much for your support, whether subscribing to our email list or contributing dollars as well.

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A couple of reminders!

Don't forget that we have a facebook page with regular snippets of interesting and fun penguin information, photos and videos.  We'd love to see you there and we always welcome your feedback.

And if you're booking NZ accommodation online, please use
KiwiKarma, as a donation for each booking will be made to the Trust - just select us!  They have great deals and the prices will be the same if not better than other booking sites.

And finally,
everyone at the West Coast Penguin Trust would like to wish you a very safe and happy Christmas.  Thank you for all your support through a packed 2014; we couldn't have done it without you. 

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