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New Zealand albatross making massive flights – New Zealand news on Stuff.co.nz
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Three New Zealand birds are enjoying their big OE and are not expected back for years.

The three northern royal albatross are being monitored as part of a Massey University PhD student’s research into their behaviour.

Conservation Minister Chris Carter said a chick he named Toroa at a special ceremony earlier this year was now 550km off the coast of New Zealand and heading east into the Pacific Ocean.

Toroa and the other two young albatross were fitted with lightweight transmitters which track their position by satellite every six hours.

PhD student Bindi Thomas would look into the first year of the birds’ lives – they are expected to spend up to seven years at sea.

“This research will give us important information on what is one of the most solitary and amazing journeys in the animal kingdom,” Mr Carter said.

“Hopefully, all three young birds will eventually return to Taiaroa Head after their years of wandering and successfully raise their own chicks.”

Toroa flew up the coast of New Zealand as far as Oamaru before heading east into the Pacific. Toroa, who fledged late last month, got a head start on the other two birds and has flown 700km so far.

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In a few days it will be spring and the birds will be in full song.

But in some parts of the country it will be an extremely muted song.

In fact there are now areas known as ‘bird deserts’ where there are virtually no native birds.

We know these regions exist because birdwatchers have just spent five years in the field finding out how many birds there are, and where they live – information for the latest edition of the New Zealand Bird Atlas.

Richard Langston with a story on the plight of our birds.
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Scoop: OSNZ publishes significant scientific resource

Scientific knowledge about New Zealand birdlife took a great leap forward today as the Ornithological Society of New Zealand published the Atlas of Bird Distribution in New Zealand 1999-2004.

The atlas was launched today at Government House in Wellington by the Administrator of the Government, Rt. Hon. Dame Sian Elias. Birds are some of the best natural indicators of the health of our environment – an environment we like to promote as clean and green.

President of the Ornithological Society, Professor Richard Holdaway said that the bird distribution atlas has demonstrated dramatic and rapid changes in bird distribution in all parts of the country since the 1970s. As land use has changed, so have the communities of bird species in those areas.

Examples of this included areas that have changed from exotic forest to dairying, and areas that have reverted from cleared land to native scrub. Species that did well in the first habitat have been pushed out as the land was converted. Atlas project Convenor, Christopher Robertson notes that “Green in colour we may be, but these atlas surveys continue to demonstrate that some of that greenness is both increasingly monocultural, and the battleground of territorial invaders among the avifauna. New Zealand endemics are retreating to enclaves where introduced mammalian predators increasingly threaten the food supply, productivity, and individuals of remnant species.”    more

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Media release: Fun format for garden bird survey

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Calling all bird watchers! Your help is requested for a national Garden Bird Survey.

With a simple and fun format, anyone from seasoned bird watchers to families and school groups can take part in the survey, which has proved popular overseas. In the UK more than 400,000 people participated in last year’s survey, with a tally of eight million birds.

“Are our common bird populations increasing or decreasing? That’s the question we want to answer,” says Landcare Research scientist, Eric Spurr. more

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Conservation Minister Chris Carter today formally named the 500th Royal Albatross chick to hatch at Taiaroa Head/ Pukerua on the Otago Peninsula, the only mainland breeding colony of albatross in the Southern Hemisphere.

The chick’s arrival was celebrated at a special event at the colony today, marking some 70 years of work by conservationists. more from scoop

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Scoop: Urgent action on albatross slaughter supported

 


Forest & Bird supports urgent measures
proposed by Fisheries Minister Jim Anderton to close the Kermadec Islands fishery to long-lining fishing after a vessel killed 51 albatrosses in a single trip.

 

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