Timaru MenzShed members are doing their bit in the quest to turn the Mackenzie Basin into a predator free-zone, building more than 75 predator traps over many voluntary hours.
A six-year-old project that has already relocated more than 2300 trout in the Mackenzie Basin will soon get some extra help from Te Manahuna Aoraki.
Twizel, Arowhenua and Tekapo schools took part in the release of more than 100 of the world’s rarest wading bird into the wild in the Mackenzie Basin this week.
The second season of monitoring an endangered grasshopper at a predator-free enclosure near Tekapo has not found a notable increase in the population, but that is to be expected, its project manager says.
The future of New Zealand’s only true alpine bird hangs in the balance, but it’s hoped a joint predator control project between Te Manahuna Aoraki and a group of Aoraki/Mount Cook volunteers will provide the lifeline it needs to survive.
Extensive trapping has given a big boost to a critically endangered Canterbury wading bird that once had a population of just two dozen.