Wednesday 27th May, 2015
Department of Conservation ranger Barry Atkinson puts up a sign in John Wilson Ocean Dr, St Kilda, yesterday as part of an initiative to protect marine wildlife from potential dog ''harassment''.
Signs are being placed at 21 sites along the coast encouraging dog owners to ''know what their dogs are up to and have them under verbal control'', ranger Simon Alefosio-Tuck said.
The signs were the latest development in a programme begun more than a year ago to protect marine animals, he said.
Depending on the time of year, some animals could be especially susceptible, he said.
In September, ''fur seal pups will come ashore that have just been kicked off by their parents, and they're on the beach, a bit bewildered, trying to figure out the next step in life'', Mr Alefosio-Tuck said.
''One [fur seal pup] was attacked last year.''
Around February, penguins were moulting, and towards the end of December, sea lion pups were being born. But Mr Alefosio-Tuck urged dog owners to be vigilant all year long.
Wednesday 11th March, 2015
Penguin rehabilitators in the south are crying out for more fish.
Penguin Place is a wildlife venture that includes a penguin hospital on Otago Peninsula. They have a week of fish left before they run out of feed for their convalescing birds.
Emma Curtin, one of Penguin Place's rehabilitators, says their usual suppliers have run out of the type of fish they need - salmon smolt or silverside, from 15 to 20cm long.
The penguins need to add extra kilos to carry them through their moult which will start over the next month. They eat about a kilo of fish each per day.
The south has also received an unprecedented number of penguins attacked by barracouta. It's not known why the aggressive fish is attacking the birds, but it is causing some severe injuries, including lacerations to the penguins' feet and lower abdomen.
Nearly 50 penguins have been brought into rehab centres suffering from barracouta bites.
The Yellow Eyed Penguin Trust has started an appeal to help with vet fees and nutrient tablets among other things.
Account details for donations to the appeal are:
Account: SBS Bank
Account name: Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust
Account number 031355-0549558-00
Wednesday 4th March, 2015
It gives me great pleasure to present the Annual Report of the Trust’s activities for the year 2014-2015. This year has been particularly challenging and frustrating, but also has presented opportunities that may come to fruition over the rest of 2015.