Our enthusiastic trappers had a productive month in June. The two long trap lines on the Tawhitokino farm were walked and 92 traps were cleared, some of them twice. And the results? 70 rats, 9 hedgehogs, and one stoat. Only 2 possums have been taken in the Te Papa Road area this month, quite a low number for 30 days. But the possum total for 2017 is now 34! We are really targeting stoats and ferrets. The... Read More | Share it now!
Bad news for the possums but good news for the weka in the Te Papa Road area! Possums frequently trip our motion sensitive cameras so we know they are always there in our valley. In April John trapped 14 of them! Thank you Barbara and Alan for the free feijoas – the possums loved them! This gives us a grand total of 352 of these pests trapped since 2005. We all know that possums are a ‘bad... Read More | Share it now!
WekaWatch is on ferret alert! To our dismay and concern in the middle of March one of our trail cameras caught a ferret in the heart of weka territory. Ferrets along with unleashed dogs are the greatest threat to the endangered weka. They are highly mobile predators with a large home range of about 100 hectares. A male’s range is often greater than this. Traps in the immediate area have been baited with... Read More | Share it now!
February has been a busy month for WekaWatch and for the weka. The highlight was welcoming Andrew Bayly, MP for our electorate Hunua, to the Bay. He spent a morning on a trap line with John and Steve and was truly impressed by the work we are doing. You can see more photos of his visit on his Facebook page. While having coffee before he headed off for his next appointment Tipene came out to greet... Read More | Share it now!
Welcome to another edition of the WekaWatch newsletter. We want to bring you up to date on some of the things that have happened since the middle of last year. Weka numbers seem to be growing – cautious optimism is called for In mid-2015 the number of weka in Te Papa Road and the neighbouring valley dropped dramatically over just a few short weeks. The only reason that we could come up with was a predator... Read More | Share it now!
Welcome to another edition of the WekaWatch newsletter. We hope to bring you all up to date on some of the things that have happened since the start of the year. WekaWatch picnic Our January social picnic was held at Waitawa Regional Park on a wonderful summer’s afternoon. The brilliant weather lured out half of South Auckland but we managed to find a corner for ourselves and enjoyed meeting up with... Read More | Share it now!
February 2016 Some WekaWatch Questions and Answers You WekaWatch people talk about your weka guru Tony. Who is he and how does he know so much about weka? Dr Tony Beauchamp is an ornithologist who did his PhD on the weka on Kapiti Island almost 40 years ago. Ever since then weka have been his passion and his hobby. Although he now works on other projects as a scientist with the Department of Conservation, his... Read More | Share it now!
In this newsletter we have items on:- WekaWatch picnic, AGM date, 2016 counts, A new committee member, Our banded birds, Be careful what you wish for, Our traps and trap lines, A four legged visitor. WekaWatch picnic Our start of year social picnic will be held on Sunday 24th January (which is NOT Auckland Anniversary weekend) It is good to have time together with no traps to check, no weka calls to... Read More | Share it now!
Weka in Kawakawa Bay (especially our closely watched birds in Te Papa Road) and Orere Point are on the decline. Their numbers over recent months have been depleted and we cannot define what is causing the problem. One possible reason is the wrong poison has been left out to kill rats or mice. If a Weka were to eat the dead rat or mouse then they too will be poisoned this is commonly referred to as “Secondary... Read More | Share it now!
In this newsletter we have items on:- WekaWatch picnic BBQ, Our 2015 AGM, 2015 counts, Our banded birds – what we are learning from studying the banded birds, Our traps and trap lines, Another mainland home for NI weka, News from Nelson, Membership and subscriptions WekaWatch picnic BBQ A very pleasant evening was held at Phil and Nova’s in early February. It is... Read More | Share it now!