Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Protecting the baby dotterels

The foreshore at Ambury farm is a breeding ground for the New Zealand dotterel/tūturiwhatu which is an endangered species found only in this country. It was once widespread and common but there are only about 1700 birds left. This serious decline in numbers is due to a combination of habitat loss, predation by introduced mammals and disturbance during breeding.
So to protect the dotterels we have had a job to do for the rangers - to make little shelters to keep the babies safe.
The children worked really hard and covered the shelters so that predators would think the shelter was just part of the beach when they were flying above. They are nearly ready to go to the farm beach for the breeding season.

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