26 February 2018

Wrybills

The wrybill is unique in the world for its beak with the twist to the right, used for getting invertebrates from under rocks in the braided rivers. It is a seasonal visitor to the Rees and Dart rivers, flying in from coastal areas mostly in the North Island to breed between October and January.
In the October survey we counted 71 wrybill on the Dart River.

23 February 2018

Early trapped predator data

We now have 595 of our target 601 traps in position. We have yet to do our final checks, set ups and counts before the set up phase of our project is complete. Despite this we have some early data from the traps. The image shows these data.

 

22 February 2018

Braided River Project

Thanks to the hard work of Rusty and his workers building trap boxes and putting the traps in the field there are now 593 RDWT stoat traps covering approximately 120 kms beside the Rees and Dart Rivers.
Kill score so far is 41 mustelids (stoats and weasels) and 17 rats.
This was a huge undertaking often in very hot weather so it’s great to have Rusty’s dedication.