Call goes out for eagle eyes
While it’s not your typical bird song it is a call for volunteers to help listen and look out for birds.
Two Taranaki environmental projects are calling for public help with monitoring to gauge the success of recent bird translocations. They seek the eagle-eyes of volunteers to monitor the well known bird re-tweets, Mt Taranaki and the Rotokare Reserve.
The spring breeding season is near and in a bid to kill two birds with one stone so-to-speak, both the Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust and Taranaki Mounga environmental project want to get an accurate idea of the toutouwai, also known as North Island robin population on Mt Taranaki and hihi and toutouwai populations at Rotokare.
‘‘Patience, a sharp set of eyes, and a keen ear for birds will be helpful for this but anyone can do these surveys with a bit of training under their belt. It is a great opportunity to develop your bird skills and get to know some of these species better,’’ Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust site manager Fiona Gordon said.
Full training will be provided for those who put their hands up, Gordon said
Taranaki Mounga released 50 toutouwai on Mt Taranaki in April this year, after a 112 year absence. They are such cool little birds and bird monitoring is simply a walk in the bush, with purpose.
‘‘The other bonus is you get to meet interesting and like minded people, however volunteers must be physically able to walk along rough tracks,’’ DOC senior biodiversity ranger Emily King said.
The robin survey will take place on Mt Taranaki between September 4-17, and the Rotokare Trust also needs support in monitoring toutouwai in the reserve from August 27 to September 3, and hihi from 18 to 28 September.
People need good footwear and clothing for cold/wet conditions, a notebook and pencil, phone or watch and binoculars.
Training days will be offered on Sunday, August 27 at Rotokare and Sunday September 3 on the mountain at the North Taranaki Visitor Centre.
If you are interested in volunteering contact Fiona Gordon email@example.com or 06 764 8500.
Toutouwai/robin - what a cute little bird.