Habitat conservation programme
The Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust was formed in 1987 after research indicated a dramatic decline in the penguin population on mainland New Zealand. The aim was to rebuild the population to self-sustaining levels.
The Trust’s work involves the conservation of coastal ecosystems that include yellow-eyed penguin breeding habitats.It has protected yellow-eyed penguin habitats along the Otago and Southland coastlines by establishing penguin reserves, producing native plants in its nursery, providing fencing to protect nests from wandering stock, replanting breeding areas with tens of thousands of native trees and shrubs, trapping predators such as stoats and ferrets, funding research and advocacy, and educating about the need for penguin conservation.
Ironically, the Trust’s success creates an urgency to work harder as, the expanding distribution of penguins demands more native vegetation be planted to provide nest sites and needs more protection from predation.
Riparian – native plants for waterways
Water quality and the environment for aquatic life, birds and insects can both be improved by fencing-off waterways and planting-out the riparian strip with native plants. Download this PDF for helpful information on how you can get started rejuvenating a freshwater habitat in your community. This could include a coastal estuary where yellow-eyed penguins nest, as the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust has done at Tavora Reserve in East Otago.