- This topic is empty.
8 Jun 2021 at 9:21 pm #44077kevin coleGuest
Penguin monitoring on Taputeranga Island, Island Bay (Boat Required)
There is a need for some more Penguin monitors who are comfortable in paddling out to the island.
From July, we have been asked to do weekly checks which will put an extra load on the current 7 volunteers.
The task consists of checking nesting boxes for occupancy, the stage of breeding and of the chicks up to fledging. Allow 2 hours to return to the beach. You will be paired up with another monitor. Training is provided. A plastic kayak of any sort is best as there is no sandy beach, but a “safe” but rocky inlet.
Weather often causes a missed check, which resulted this year in the statistics from Taputeranga being unusable for the Wellington database. The monitors choose whether they are comfortable with the wind and sea conditions on the day.
The increase in monitoring frequency is to better understand the pairing of the adults, egg laying, and the growth of the chicks. Some groups (not us yet) are microchipping to obtain knowledge on breeding pairs, their offspring and nesting preferences.