NIR Release 2012

2012 Robin Translocation - A Great Result

MIRO have successfully translocated a further 40 North Island Robins from Kapiti Island to EHRP in April 2012.  The objective of the three translocations carried out  is to:

•    establish a self-sustaining population Mainland Island area in the EHRP, and

•    provide the public with a greater opportunity to interact with this inquisitive little bird.

The Story

Like the 2011 translocation, the one carried out in April 2012 resulted in all birds being transferred safely and released in the Mainland Island area.  A considerable amount of planning went into ensuring MIRO would achieve this highly desirable outcome. The hard work to achieve this result started with a detailed application to the Department of Conservation (DOC) for approval to proceed with the capture and translocation of 40 birds in 2012.
An advance party of 10 people travelled to Kapiti Island on 30 March and set up the capture operation ahead of the main party, which arrived by chartered ferry at dawn the next morning. MIRO’s careful planning and organising paid dividends as the capture of birds was completed successfully by mid-afternoon. All 40 birds had been checked, banded and settled in their transport boxes by the time the main party left Kapiti Island.

The final morning (Sunday) involved checking and feeding the birds before setting up their boxes for the flight by helicopter to Eastbourne. A Kaumatua accompanied the birds to Korohiwa, where they were moved by vehicle to Muritai Park and met a large party of volunteers who had already been briefed and were waiting their arrival.

The carrier party walked in to the Butterfly Creek area where the birds were progressively released into the bush. There we found all 40 birds had survived the journey and in most cases were ready to fly into their new ‘home’ (a small number seemed to like the comfort of their box and delayed their departure!!). It was even more pleasing to hear the birds calling each other as they started looking around.
The most pleasing feature was the fact that MIRO was able to advise DOC and GWRC that the translocation had been 100% successful. A ‘feather in the cap’ for MIRO and the many volunteers who helped secure that result.

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