After 18 years of management and a comprehensive survey by the Dept of Conservations’ Biodiversity Team – we ‘officially’ have 79 pairs of blue duck/whio in the Wangapeka/Fyfe Rivers region. This area is one of several that we supply whio juveniles to. DOC’s national goal for this Whio Security Site was to achieve 50 pairs.

Teams involved in this project included trap building and deployment, trap-checkers, trap-line clearance, volunteer management, whio surveys, whio research, breed4release, WHIONE, infrastructure maintenance etc – a huge collective effort.

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