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The Arthur’s Pass kea conservation project
02 September 2016 to 01 May 2017
Kea in Arthur’s Pass are not doing so well and we need your help to help them. We plan to band as many of our native alpine parrot as possible in and around Arthur’s Pass and ski fields in the area. This will give us information on the population and help us develop ways to better protect them. And it will also give great info on every kea, available to everyone via a display board, fact sheet and online . So, if you are lucky enough to get meet a kea while you’re in the area, you’ll be able to record where and when you saw it, along with other details, and learn more about your new buddy!
This is a citizen science project currently seeking funding via Give a Little in New Zealand. You can GET INVOLVED initially by donating to the project to help set up the website and materials to monitor the kea. Then, you can be a citizen scientist by reporting kea sightings.
19/09/2016 Sustainable Development News article:
Curious kea in trouble
New Zealand conservationists are worried at the rapid decline in the number of kea, the world’s only alpine parrot. Kea Conservation Trust volunteer Mark Brabyn told Nine to Noon that predators such as stoats and possums were linked to their rapid decline.
Feather Map Australia Project
Running until 2018
“Wetlands around Australia are under threat from reduced river flows and flooding, drought, climate change and land use changes. Wetlands are habitats that are critical for Australia’s waterbirds. They provide places for nesting, feeding and roosting. For many species of waterbirds, flooded wetlands are essential for nesting. Without floods and river flows many waterbirds don’t breed. This project will collect information on which wetlands waterbirds use, how they use them and wetland health.” More information can be found on the project website.
Read how to GET INVOLVED by collecting feathers from a wetland area near you.
15/08/2016 Sustainable Development News article:
Nuclear physics uses single feather to track and help save Australian waterbirds
Scientists are using nuclear physics to track and potentially save Australia’s declining waterbird numbers — and they are doing it with discarded feathers… Project leader Kate Brandis wants the public to get involved. She wants you to send her as many waterbird feathers as possible. “So when they go travelling around Australia or visit their local wetlands if they see any feathers on the ground or in the water, pick them up and post them in to us so that we can analyse them and add them to our feather map,” she said.