Storms blow in birds

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS -

Storms wreak­ing havoc around the lower North Is­land have blown seabirds in­land to ar­eas they are not typ­i­cally seen, in­clud­ing many spot­ted by Porirua res­i­dents on Mana Es­planade last week.

‘‘Storms are bring­ing in dozens and dozens of seabirds in­land,’’ Con­ser­va­tion Depart­ment bio­di­ver­sity pro­gramme man­ager Peter Simp­son said last week.

With wild weather ex­pected to con­tinue, DOC is ask­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic to help with the re­cov­ery ef­fort.

‘‘If peo­ple are keen to help, the best thing they can do for these birds is to put them in a box and re­turn them to the wa­ter’s edge as soon as they can,’’ Mr Simp­son said.

He said there was no need to in­ter­vene in any other way, in­clud­ing feed­ing or heat­ing the birds, as that was likely to put the bird un­der more stress.

It is thought many of the birds will be younger birds, fledged last spring, which are in­ex­pe­ri­enced and not used to nav­i­gat­ing stronger winds.

The ma­jor­ity of the birds DOC is get­ting calls about are smaller com­mon seabirds such as pri­ons and pe­trels, which are nu­mer­ous around coastal New Zealand and spend the ma­jor­ity of their time at sea.

Mr Simp­son noted that this was a phe­nom­e­non that hap­pened dur­ing strong storms, but usu­ally oc­curred away from the pub­lic eye out at sea.

‘‘They must be some pretty strong winds to bring these birds ashore.’’

For birds with ob­vi­ous in­juries DOC is ask­ing peo­ple to call their hot­line, 0800 362 468.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.