Thursday 21st September, 2017
Spring has arrived and with it, some much needed warmer weather and sunshine at our nursery in Company Bay on the Otago Peninsula.
Nursery supervisor Louise chats about the winter challenges and the comings and goings of the nursery in her latest newsletter - take a read.
Friday 15th September, 2017
Tavora Reserve (Bobby’s Head), near Palmerston, will be closed from 1 November 2017 to 28 February 2018 for seasonal management purposes.
In 1993 the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust secured this land for the purpose of improving and enhancing the breeding habitat for yellow-eyed penguins / hoiho present. At the time of purchase th
ere were very low natural values remaining. Intensive farming practices over the past decades had destroyed much of the natural vegetation.
Following a severe predation episode and a landslide in the late 1990s which killed several yellow-eyed penguins, breeding pairs have only numbered between 1 – 3 pairs.
Last summer, beach observations were undertaken and as many as ten hoiho were seen on the South Beach. This shows there is a real possibility that breeding numbers would increase if the right management regimes were implemented. At the same time, visitors were observed blocking hoiho leaving and arriving and following birds in order to obtain photographs.
The Trust believes that this disturbance by visitors to their breeding area is detrimental to nesting success. Therefore the Trust will close the reserve during the crucial period of November – February, ultimately giving hoiho the least disturbance.
The Trust seeks support from locals and the general public to help ensure this closure is respected to give hoiho the best chance of survival.
Hoiho numbers have, for the past 2 years, been at their lowest in 25 years, and all possible management regimes to assist their survival, need to be implemented.
Any enquiries about this closure can be made directly to the Trust via email email@example.com
Tuesday 29th August, 2017
The yellow-eyed penguin, thought to be one of the world’s rarest penguins, has a dedicated advocate – the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust (YEPT) – committed to saving this endangered species. The Otago Museum and Otago Regional Council jointly support the YEPT and the work of Dr Trudi Webster in her role as Conservation Science Advisor.