Just 200 years ago, seabirds filled the coastal forests. Every year thousands flocked to our coastline to raise their chicks in what was known as the Seabird Capital of the World.
Until recently the last remnant species of seabird on Mount Karioi, the Ōi Pterodroma gouldi (or Grey-faced petrel), was struggling to breed. Now due to the hard work of our team we have chicks once again successfully fledging! The conservation work is focused on the mountain and its surrounding coastline, wetlands and beaches.
Due to extensive predator control and seabird monitoring, we’re now seeing Little Blue Penguins Eudyptula minor waddling down the beach and Ōi successfully breeding in burrows along the coast.
In just 10 years the project has seen:
In recent years the project has seen:
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