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Category Archives: Reports

  • Postcards from the Ashley Rakahuri River: July 2017

    Posted on July 26, 2017 by in Ashley, Reports

    By Nick Ledgard, Chairman of the Ashley Rakahuri Rivercare Group Birds In the last update, it was stated that annual survey numbers were well down on previous years, and that breeding success was similarly in decline. The one good-news story was the black-billed gulls, which nested successfully down at the Waikuku Beach dairy farm by […]

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    Ashley River Update: October 2016

    Posted on October 10, 2016 by in Ashley, bird survey, Breeding, pest weeds, Reports, Research, trapping

    from Nick Ledgard Down on the river It is mid-October, which means the birds are back on the riverbed to start their breeding season. I walk a section of the riverbed every month, and 2 months ago there were only a handful of species present – most of which were introduced. Now all our major […]

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  • Update on black-fronted tern project in the Lower Waitaki

    Posted on February 8, 2016 by in bird survey, black-fronted terns, Breeding, ECan, Lower Waitaki, Reports, Research, traps

    From Ann-Kathrin Schlesselmann, Otago University After kick-starting the tern island project in the Lower Waitaki in October, we have now finished our monitoring for this breeding season. The aim of this project is to find alternative ways to improve the breeding success of black-fronted terns and other braided river birds by improving the breeding habitat […]

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  • The Messengers: What birds tell us about threats from climate change

    Posted on January 11, 2016 by in climate change, population trends, Reports

    This beautifully presented first-ever global synthesis by the 119-nation BirdLife International Partnership (including Forest & Bird) draws on research from multiple disciplines and every continent to examine the impacts of climate change on bird species. Available as a 39 page 25Mb PDF from http://climatechange.birdlife.org, the infographics are as effective as the extraordinary images. “Over time […]

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    Plastic in 99 per cent of seabirds by 2050

    Posted on September 3, 2015 by in Reports

    Researchers from CSIRO and Imperial College London have assessed how widespread the threat of plastic is for the world’s seabirds, including albatrosses, shearwaters and penguins, and found the majority of seabird species have plastic in their gut. In 1960, plastic was found in the stomach of less than 5 per cent of individual seabirds, rising […]

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