Improved survival rates for braided river birds in the Mackenzie Basin – Stuff

Hatching rates for many of the rare birds in the Mackenzie Basin have greatly improved because of a predator control initiative.

By Matthew Littlewood, Timaru Herald

Te Manahuna Aoraki, a multi-agency project with the aspiration of turning the basin into a predator-free zone, has released its hatching and breeding statistics for the past year which show an improvement in survival rates among the country’s rarest birds.

Project leader Simone Smits said over winter the Te Manahuna Aoraki team has been crunching the numbers from the braided river bird monitoring.

“We monitor hatching and fledging success over the Tasman, Cass, Godley and Macaulay river systems using motion activated cameras and visual checks,” Smits said.