Posted on December 18th, 2009 No comments
The YEPT Nursery was lucky enough to have youths from the Dunedin Malcam Trust Conservation Corps (assisted by their supervisor, Garth Hassall) build two additional stand-out boxes. The plants are placed on these boxes several weeks before they are to go out to the habitats to ‘harden off’ (decreased watering) so that they adjust to similar environmental conditions once planted.
This Cons Corp group of young men and women has been visiting the nursery on alternate Tuesdays to also learn about propagation, extending pipes for our irrigation, and digging drainage ditches.
Many thanks from the nursery staff for such willing and helpful workers. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on December 18th, 2009 No comments
This week we said goodbye to our Dunedin Gateway student from
Bayfield High School, Max Buxton, who worked with nursery staff and
volunteers on Wednesdays during 2009. We are happy to know that Max is
heading to Lincoln University in 2010 to further his studies. Max has been a
very positive and lively participant at the nursery, and well liked by all.
We will miss him, and wish him well for the future.
Posted on November 6th, 2009 No comments
The Auckland Islands, at latitude 50 degrees south, are the largest of New Zealand’s subantarctic islands, with over 500 km of coastline, much of it steep and inaccessible to penguins and people, particularly on the exposed western side. Uninhabited now, the main island was once farmed by a hardy few, whose legacy is feral cats and pigs. Surprisingly, rats have never managed to colonise the islands.
Visiting the islands between 6 November and 7 December 2009 were team members Leith Thomson and Sandy King (both representing the YEPT), Jo Hiscock (team leader, DOC), Jo Ledington and Callum Lilley (DOC), and Kate Beer (Wildlife Management student from the University of Otago). The Trust contributed to the cost of transport and accommodation provided by Henk Haazen on his 15m yacht Tiama. Crew member Steve Parsons completed the team of eight.
Almost 200 km of coastline was surveyed, with identification of 301 landing sites. These were regarded as a minimum because some sections of coast accessible to penguins couldn’t be surveyed because of sea conditions. Most landing sites would be used by one or more pairs, though probably some would be used by non-breeders.
The pig- and cat-free islands had more landing sites per kilometre of coast surveyed than the main island, which raises questions about the impact of these animals on yellow-eyed penguin and other ground-nesting birds. Areas of the main island adjacent to these islands - the northern shore of Carnley Harbour, and Port Ross and northern harbours – also had a higher number of landing sites than the coast in the middle of the main island. This suggests that perhaps the predator-free islands act as reservoirs whose overflow sustains the population.
Posted on September 15th, 2009 No comments
Volunteers from the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust teamed up with Cartridge World at eDay, on Saturday 12 September 2009, collecting printer cartridges for recycling or re-filling. Dunedin residents supplied 36 tonnes of waste, with 621 cars going through the waste collection site at Fryatt Street between 9am and 3pm.
Dunedin-based Cartridge World is proud to support the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust by giving reward points to the Trust for the printer cartridges returned during the day. The Trust will receive 308 reward points (each worth $1) which can be redeemed for office consumables or petrol vouchers.
Graeme and Maxine Cochrane, owners of Cartridge World, were pleased with the number of cartridges returned and were amazed at the number of volunteers who turned up from the Trust to help, alongside their son Mitchell, who also helped on the day. Read the rest of this entry »
The 7th Oamaru Penguin Symposium will be held on the 24th and 25th June 2010 at the usual venue of the Brydone Hotel in Oamaru. Further details will be circulated via the mailing list and at http://oamaru.penguin.net.nz when available. In the meantime, pencil those dates into your calendars and start thinking about the titles of your presentations.
The symposium will again be convened by Philippa Agnew. She can be contacted via e-mail by clicking here.
Hoiho, the yellow-eyed penguin, is teaming up with Fill McCartridge on eDay, this Saturday 12 September 2009, to collect printer cartridges for recycling or re-filling and help save the environment.
Dunedin-based Cartridge World is proud to support the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust by giving reward points to the Trust for printer cartridges being returned during eDay at the Fryatt Street Depot, between 9am and 3pm.
The reward points received from each cartridge returned will help fund conservation activities to ensure the survival of yellow-eyed penguins. Cartridges returned by the public will be taken to Cartridge World’s Filleul Street location to be refilled or remanufactured and made available for use again. Read the rest of this entry »
Thursday 3 September 2009
A penguin party took place today when Pacific Blue began flying non-stop between Brisbane and Dunedin this morning.
Celebrating Dunedin’s unique wildlife, Pacific Blue’s inaugural flight saw three human penguins auction $2,000 worth of prizes. Proceeds will go to the Yellow Eyed Penguin Trust, the Dunedin-based charity charged with conserving arguably the world’s rarest penguin – the yellow eyed penguin. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on September 2nd, 2009 No comments
To celebrate Pacific Blue’s launch of the new trans-Tasman flights between Dunedin and Brisbane, a yellow-eyed penguin party will take place at Dunedin International Airport.
Dunedinites have the chance to win two twin tickets to Brisbane if they turn up dressed as penguins to welcome the flight.
Guests on the flight will be wearing yellow-eyed penguin masks (pictured right) specially designed by Advertising and Art, Dunedin. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on August 26th, 2009 No comments
We wanted to show you a few photos of a great planting day held at one of the Trust’s Reserves on the Otago Peninsula on the 26th August. We had a variety of people helping us that day – six members of the Wednesday nursery volunteers, three visiting Americans from the University of Otago Botany Department, three employees from Mercure Hotel Dunedin, one research student from the Zoology department, and three staff members. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on July 7th, 2009 No comments
Thanks to all those who came to help. It couldn’t have been a more beautiful day for it! Here are a few photos of the day!
- Where: Tavora Reserve, East Otago. Meet at the old Wilson’s Distillery carpark, North Dunedin.
- Directions: From Dunedin: Drive north through Waikouaiti on SH1 and on 7km to Goodwood Corner. Turn right onto Goodwood Road, and after 5km turn right into Bobby’s Head Road. The car park is directly ahead. From Palmerston: Take Goodwood Road for approx 7km and turn left into Bobby’s Head Road.
- When: Sunday 9th August 2009. Meet at Wilson’s Distillery carpark 9:15am to car pool, or 10am at Tavora Reserve carpark.
Bring spades, warm clothes, food and drink.