News and Updates
Friday 24th February, 2017
February to April is any important time for yellow-eyed penguins as they go through the annual moult. It can be very dangerous for the penguins as they can be attacked by dogs.
If you see a distressed or injured penguin, please let us know or phone the DOC hotline 0800 362 468.
Wednesday 22nd February, 2017
Meet Dr Lisa Argilla. She's the vet heading up our Hoiho Hospital, based at the Otago Polytechnic School of Veterinary Nursing, this Summer.
After noticing a large increase in the number of injured yellow-eyed penguins in 2015, the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust sought funding to contract Lisa for 6 weeks to provide prompt medical care to the birds in Dunedin.
With a terrific success rate in 2016, we have again contracted Lisa to spend 6 weeks in Dunedin in early 2017. The hospital has seen almost 20 penguins through so far, with little chance of slowing down any time soon.
Lisa and her team of dedicated volunteers spend their days treating sick and injured penguins which come in from across coastal Otago and Southland.
Read all about Lisa and the work she is doing at the Hoiho Hospital in this Otago Daily Times article.
Friday 10th February, 2017
The Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust is on the hunt for a new Ranger to work in our reserves across coastal Otago and The Catlins. This position involves weed and pest control and penguin monitoring throughout the season.
As Ranger (Habitats), you will play a vital role in undertaking tasks to support the Trust's coastal conservation programme.
Tuesday 7th February, 2017
The Department of Conservation (DOC), Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust and others have completed the annual yellow-eyed penguins/hoiho monitoring along the Otago and Southland coastline and estimate that there are 260 breeding pairs.
This number is still of concern given historically there were between 400-600 breeding pairs and the current number is a repeat of last year—the lowest for 25 years.
During the monitoring, some consistent issues were identified such as avian diphtheria in chicks and some unexplained adult deaths.
The avian diphtheria in young chicks is treated through the removal of lesions and supplementary feeding if required. However, the unexplained adult deaths require further investigation.
DOC’s Coastal Otago Operations Manager Annie Wallace says “a small number of dead adult yellow-eyed penguins have recently been found as part of regular penguin nest monitoring. This is not unusual for this time of year however we are mindful of the 2013 event where 67 adult penguins died, an event that only affected yellow-eyed penguin/hoiho adults. We are working with Wildbase of Massey University to determine the likely cause of these deaths. In the interim we are increasing the frequency of monitoring penguin sites”.
Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust science advisor Trudi Webster says “Because of the 2013 event, we are being proactive in collating environmental data and collecting several samples from the dead penguins for testing. We plan to use analysis of these results to compare to the 2013 event”.
In the meantime any penguin chicks who have lost their parents are taken to one of the rehabilitation centres along the Otago coastline for supplementary feeding and care until they fledge. Penguin chicks are due to fledge (go to sea) from mid-February so it is important that they are well fed and have a good body weight to ensure their survival.
The routine monitoring is an opportunity to also identify underweight adult birds which are then taken into rehabilitation for supplementary feeding before they enter their annual moult. This is a period where the penguins remain on land for approximately three weeks to shed their old feathers for a new set.
“Please call DOC’s Hotline on 0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468 if you come across yellow-eyed penguins along the Otago and Southland coastline and are concerned about their condition, describing as accurately as possible when and where the bird was found” says Annie Wallace.
Operational matters: DOC Coastal Otago Operations Manager, Annie Wallace, phone 027 499 5180
Technical matters: DOC Wildlife Vet & Wildlife Health Co-ordinator, Kate McInnes, phone 027 480 3365
Conservation or Science advice: Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust General Manager Sue Murray 021 488 285 or Scientist, Trudi Webster, phone 021 26444 32
Thursday 19th January, 2017
This week the Trust welcomed back specialist vet Dr. Lisa Argilla. We've contracted Lisa to provide hospital services, mainly for yellow-eyed penguins and other seabirds.
The next few months is a critical time for yellow-eyed penguin chicks who will start to fledge.
The first of Lisa's patients is a yellow-eyed penguin from the Catlins which two surfers noticed was injured and reported to us prior to Christmas.
Lisa's gained some publicity since arriving and you can read more below:
Wednesday 21st December, 2016
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from everyone at the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust.
Our office will close on Friday 23rd December and reopen on Monday 16th January.
Monday 12th December, 2016
Help keep us afloat!
You're invited to join us on an exclusive, fabulous overnight cruise onboard the MV Ipipirri with Hauraki Blue Cruises on Sunday 30th April 2017.
Explore the Hauraki Gulf islands, each with its own distinct personality and fascinating wildlife to discover. Discover secluded beaches, paddle about in a kayak or snorkel in the clean, clear Pacific Ocean.
Relax on deck and drink in the views, and follow it all with fresh and fabulous cuisine matched with New Zealand’s finest beer and wine. Then let yourself be gently lulled to sleep in your private ocean view cabin. In the morning, enjoy a delicious breakfast before cruising back to port.
Included in your cruise:
- Overnight Auckland harbour cuise: departs 3.00pm, returns 9.00am
- Ocean view cabin accommodations (configured as either one king bed or two singles)
- Cheese platters, plus complimentary tea and coffee throughout your cruise
- Three-course dinner including entree, main and dessert
- Full cooked and continental breakfast
- Activities including kayaking, snorkelling and swimming
Tickets are $320 per person wtih 50% of the fare donated to the Trust.
Crusie departs 3.00pm Sunday 30th April 2017. Book your tickets by 1st March 2017 by calling 0800 334 339 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with the number and name of passengers travelling, room type and contact phone number.
We look forward to seeing you onboard!
Wednesday 30th November, 2016
Vital opportunity for marine protection
The Trust will be making a submission, as this is a once-in-a-decade (or more) opportunity to improve the survival of yellow-eyed penguins at sea. We encourage anyone else interested in yellow-eyed penguins or marine conservation to also lodge a submission.
Submissions are due by 5pm Tuesday 20 December.
Submissions are due by 5pm Tuesday 20 December.
Thursday 24th November, 2016
Are you addicted to coffee? Could you give up just one cup per week?
Join our Penguin Coffee Club and help us continue to protect our endangered yellow-eyed penguins by donating the cost of one cup of coffee per week ($5).
We encourage you to join this group, or ask a family member or friend to join. Download, print and complete this automatic payment form and pop it into your bank, or set up an automatic payment to the Trust via your internet banking (use the reference COFFEE CLUB).
We thank you for your ongoing support!
Friday 4th November, 2016
A huge effort has been made by the South-East Marine Protection Forum to come up with recommendations for protection of the seas off the Otago coast. These details were released last week and can be seen online at south-eastmarine.org.nz
The Trust is making a submission and recommends readers to do the same.
The public sessions will be good to simplify the process and you can talk to forum members and immediately submit on any topic large or small about managing the dwindling marine life and degraded seabed off the Otago coast.
In Dunedin the public information sessions are :
Sat 5 Nov 10-4pm Otago Yacht Club
Sun 6 Nov 12-5pm Port Chalmers Town Hall
Sun 20 Nov 12-5pm Otakou Marae
Submissions close 20 Dec. Public sessions can be viewed on line at www.south-eastmarine.org.nz