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Toutouwai / North Island robin Translocation Project

Toutouwai
Toutouwai

The toutouwai / North Island robin translocation project is a project aimed to bring toutouwai back to Taranaki maunga so their song may once again be heard within the Egmont National Park.

Over the months of March and April 2017, DOC staff, iwi and volunteers will catch toutouwai in Pureora Forest Park in the central North Island and release them on Taranaki maunga. The volunteers will attend a series of training days to familiarise themselves with feeding the toutouwai and earning their trust and confidence in order to carry the birds safely to Taranaki.

The project is currently being administered by the Department of Conservation with support from the Taranaki Mounga project, the NEXT Foundation and iwi.

Below are details of the project phases:

Project Phases
Dates
Second pre-feed trip in Pureora Forest Park
17th – 20th March 2017 (travel, kai and accommodation provided)
First catching trip in Pureora Forest Park
4th – 7th April 2017 catching and translocating 40 birds (travel, kai and accommodation provided)
Wananga on robin translocation at Muru Raupatu Marae in Taranaki
7th April 2017 from 5pm – onwards (kai and overnight accommodation provided)
First release date on Taranaki maunga
8th April 2017 (travel from Muru Raupatu and kai provided)
Second catching trip in Pureora Forest Park
9th – 11th April 2017 catching and translocating 20 birds (travel, kai and accommodation provided)
Second release date on Taranaki maunga
12th April 2017 (travel and kai – to be confirmed)
Post release feeding on Taranaki maunga
April 2017 (travel and kai – to be confirmed)
Post release monitoring on Taranaki maunga (Pre-breeding survey)
August/September 2017 (travel and kai – to be confirmed)
Post release monitoring on Taranaki maunga (Post-breeding survey)
January/February 2018 (travel and kai – to be confirmed)

 

If you or your whānau would like to participate in any of the project phases or the wānanga please contact Sera Gibson on sera@teatiawa.iwi.nz or on 027 225 0025.

Please be aware that spaces are limited for the project work, so please register your interest as soon as possible.

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