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!