Tui Nature Reserve Wildlife Trust celebrates first yellow crowned kakariki release
The Tui Nature Reserve Wildlife Trust, in Outer Pelorus Sound, has successfully released eight Yellow Crowned Kakariki from its own breeding programme for the first time.
The birds were all hatched and raised in purpose-built facilities on the Marlborough Sounds reserve with the aim of releasing them in predator free areas.
Tui Nature Reserve co-owner Brian Plaisier says the eight Yellow Crowned Kakariki were this week taken to Nelson to be released at Project Janszoon in the Abel Tasman area.
He says the transfer of the birds is part of a breeding programme between Tui Nature Reserve and other conservation organisations Lochmara and EcoWorld in Marlborough and Natureland in Nelson.
Exchanging the birds meant good breeding pairs could be established, says Brian, and more Yellow Crowned Kakariki will be transferred off the reserve later this year.
This week’s transfer of the eight Yellow Crowned Kakariki marks a major achievement for the Tui Nature Reserve Wildlife Trust, which is also involved in the breeding of other native species for release including Giant Weta, a number of which were released on Puangiangi Island last year, with more planned for this year.
The success of the reserve’s breeding programmes so far, and the growing demand for native species to release in predator free areas, means the Tui Nature Reserve Wildlife Trust is looking at options to expand its programme, says Brian.
“This will contribute to the reverse of our rapidly declining wildlife.”
Meanwhile, the ongoing restoration of the Tui Nature Reserve’s own 80 hectares of prime native habitat - a combined effort between the Tui Nature Wildlife Trust and neighbouring Sealife Trust -is on target with the instalment of automatic trapping systems.
The construction of a predator control fence to deter pigs and goats is also in its last stage.
Brian says the success of the breeding programmes has been possible thanks to funding from the Lottery Commission supported by the Queen Elizabeth II Trust.
Other contributors were Project Janszoon Kakariki Coordinator Rosemary vander Lee and the Department of Conservation.
*The Tui Nature Reserve will hold a number of open days this year for the public to visit the breeding facilities and the Tui conservation sanctuary, dates will be notified closer to the time.