Bream Head Reserve from Manaia

Rangers Report April 2017

Again, we find ourselves in busy times with so much positive work going on in and around the reserve by our rangers, trustees, volunteers, supporting agencies and education providers like Northtec. There is hardly time to come up for air at the moment but it is all for such great outcomes, I know all the hours being put in by so many people are paying real dividends.

On the back of the great North Island Robin observations in March I am very happy to report that I have seen several Kakariki out around the Old Woman area in the last few times I have been out that way, as well as many Bellbirds and even saw fresh guano (seabird faecal matter) around the entrances to the Grey Faced Petrel burrows in late April.

Auckland Zoo staff process a large female kiwi.

I have been very fortunate to recently be invited to help muster up Kiwi with the Auckland Zoo and the Rotoroa Island Restoration Trust on Rotoroa Island in the Hauraki Gulf. The birds were captured and radio tagged for a later release in the Thames area by a local community conservation group. It was amazing to be involved in this very well-funded operation and see the positive outcomes that can come from a relationship with a professional institute like a zoo or tertiary provider.

Read the April 2017 Rangers Report (1MB pdf)  for more details on this and other stories.