It is great to see weka safe predator control in the
local area getting support from Auckland Council. A
proportion of our conservation targeted rates along
with funding from the Franklin Local Board is
supporting a number of local trap and bait days.
It was the turn of Orere Point and Kawakawa Bay
last month. It was encouraging to see how many
people took away baits and toxins. If used correctly
these will help control possums and rats in our area,
at the same time keeping our domestic pets and
native wildlife safe.
It would be great to hear how many people are successfully trapping rats and possums in the Bay.
WekaWatch picked up one or two new tools
including some chew cards. These are small
cards of Coreflute (corrugated plastic) filled with
a tasty non toxic bait. Nailed to a tree they are
tempting to various animals on the ground.
Different animals leave different tooth prints in
the card and it is a great way of finding out what
is wandering around. No chewing means you
are on top of your nasties!
This card on the left has been visited by a
hungry rat still to be trapped in the Cotman bush
THIS IS STUNNING! Have you all seen our mural? Do stop at Raukawa Reserve and have a good look. Natasha King’s attention to detail is amazing; not easy on a roughcast wall! What wonderful asset! Remember its message – we need to watch for weka when we drive anywhere in Kawakawa Bay as some birds have moved away from the relative safety of the Coast Road. Thank you to Angela Fulljames and the Franklin Local Board and to the Manukau Beautification Charitable Trust for your amazing support and encouragement for our project.
2019 WEKA COUNT RESULTS Thank you to Steve and all our counters for your efforts over the 3 evening counts. The standard sites did not give us the call numbers we were hoping for but since then we have had confirmation of another pair at Waiti Bay. A number of our regular birds refused to call on the official nights! By using the same method year by year we know that numbers are low, around 10 to 12 adult weka, at present.
RATS RATS AND MORE RATS
Nationwide, 2019 is proving to be a ‘mega mast ‘year. This means that many trees have fruited heavily in the wet spring and now there is a lot of food around for the rats. Rat numbers in all areas are high and
Kawakawa Bay is no exception. Our trappers have caught 63 rats so far this month!! WekaWatch asks that residents think of their pets and our wild life before they choose rat poisons. Many baits like Pest Off anD Talon will kill any animal that finds a dead or dying rat and eats it.
We offer trial packs of
Racumin bait which has
no secondary kill for $11 a
box. Just send us an email or phone 09 2922 512 to order some.
Full instructions will be given.
If you have been watching the toilet walls on Rautawa Reserve you’ll have seen slow progress with the new mural. Keep watching and please join us in asking the weather man to cooperate. We cannot paint in the wet!
We are grateful to Natasha King our artist and to the Franklin Local Board for their support in this project.
Our committee is looking for someone to join us especially to help our treasurer with the membership records.
There is no predator trapping required though you’d need to know how to send an email or post a letter!
We’d love to have someone to record subscriptions and donations and send out a receipt or a letter of thanks when required and some updating of addresses etc. We are a great group and there is some fun involved too. Please get in touch if you are interested!
We keep getting news of weka far from Kawakawa Bay itself. Places like Waitawa Regional Park, from west of the oyster farm, and even from as far as North Road and the Brookby valley. Please keep these reports coming in; we are always keen to know the where, the when and how many. And always a photo like this one from Tawhitokino speaks a thousand words.