Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Kakapo Nestcam Streams Live To The World

17 April 2014

Kakapo Nestcam Streams Live To The World

For the first time ever, the global public will be able to watch kakapo nesting activity live, thanks to a special partnership between Telecom NZ and Kakapo Recovery.

A camera has been set up at a nest on remote Whenua Hou/Codfish Island – off the northwest of Stewart Island in Foveaux Strait – and is streaming real time footage of foster mother Esperence caring for a chick.

Telecom has supplied most of the technology required to broadcast the activity as it happens.

Kakapo Recovery programme manager Deidre Vercoe Scott said very few people in the world had ever had the chance to witness kakapo nesting, given kakapo didn’t breed every year and it occurred in such a remote place, with limited access to technology.

“This year, we’ve had the first breeding since 2011. To be able to share this rare event with our supporters throughout the world is extremely exciting and we are so grateful to Telecom for helping us make it happen.”

Telecom General Manager Corporate Relations Andrew Pirie said it was a valuable opportunity to support Kakapo Recovery in a way that would increase awareness and enhance education about a critically endangered New Zealand species.

“Because so much of the recovery programme takes place in the wild, on remote and protected islands, kakapo nesting has to-date been limited to a very small audience. We’re delighted to have the connectivity in this remote location, and to contribute the technology needed to enable this precious event to be shared live with the world,” he said.

Kakapo Recovery is a partnership between the New Zealand Department of Conservation, New Zealand Aluminium Smelters Ltd (NZAS) and Forest & Bird.

NZAS general manager Gretta Stephens said she was thrilled people all over the world could share in the success of the programme. “Our staff at NZAS have loved working in partnership with the Recovery team during the past 24 years, helping out on the island with maintenance, supplementary feedout and nest minding. It’s great that the team can now share part of that special kākāpō experience with the rest of New Zealand.”

The nestcam footage will stream via the Kakapo Recovery website 24 hours a day, however the activity will occur during the New Zealand night time, because kakapo are nocturnal.

Click on the link at: http://kakaporecovery.org.nz/meet-the-kakapo/live-nest-stream/

Further information:
• Six kakapo chicks survived this season;
• Total kakapo population now at 129 birds
Hauturu o Toi / Little Barrier
o Female Heather produced 3 eggs - 1 infertile egg, and 2 fertile eggs;
o Heather One hatched on the island
o Heather Two’s egg was transferred to Whenua Hou/Codfish Island to ensure that when it hatched the chick didn’t have to compete with its older sibling in the nest, for food
Whenua Hou / Codfish Island
o Five chicks successfully hatched, including Heather Two from Hauturu O Toi and are doing well (asixth chick – Huhana One – died a few hours after hatching)

For more information visit
http://www.kakaporecovery.org.nz

Conservation in partnership:
DOC’s kākāpō recovery work is actively supported by a partnership involving New Zealand Aluminium Smelters Limited and Forest & Bird.

First signed 24 years ago, the agreement is DOC’s longest running conservation partnerships and NZAS has already injected more than $4 million towards breeding programmes, predator proof sanctuaries and innovative research for the flightless parrot.

Its long term kākāpō recovery goal is to have 150 females at three separate sites, one of which is self-sustaining.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Scoop Review Of Books: Q&A: Prue Hyman On ‘Hopes Dashed?’

For Scoop Review of Books, Alison McCulloch interviewed Prue Hyman about her new book, part of the BWB Texts series, Hopes Dashed? The Economics of Gender Inequality More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Chuck Berry (And James Comey, And Bill English)

Back when many people were still treating rock’n’roll as a passing fad – was calypso going to be the new thing? – Chuck Berry knew that it had changed popular music forever. What is even more astonishing is that this 30-ish black r&b musician from a middle class family in St Louis could manage to recreate the world of white teenagers, at a time when the very notion of a “teenager” had just been invented. More>>

Howard Davis Review:
The Baroque Fusion Of L'arpeggiata

Named after a toccata by German composer Girolamo Kapsberger, L'Arpeggiata produces its unmistakable sonority mainly from the resonance of plucked strings, creating a tightly-woven acoustic texture that is both idiosyncratic and immediately identifiable. Director Christina Pluhar engenders this distinctive tonality associated with the ensemble she founded in 2000 by inviting musicians and vocalists from around the world to collaborate on specific projects illuminated by her musicological research. More>>

African Masks And Sculpture: Attic Discovery On Display At Expressions Whirinaki

Ranging from masks studded with nails and shards of glass to statues laden with magical metal, the works are from ethnic groups in nine countries ranging from Ivory Coast to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. More>>

Obituary: Andrew Little Remembers Murray Ball

“Murray mined a rich vein of New Zealand popular culture and exported it to the world. Wal and Dog and all the other Kiwi characters he crafted through Footrot Flats were hugely popular here and in Australia, Europe and North America." More>>

ALSO:

Organised Choas: NZ Fringe Festival 2017 Awards

Three more weeks of organised chaos have come to an end with the Wellington NZ Fringe Arts Festival Awards Ceremony as a chance to celebrate all our Fringe artists for their talent, ingenuity, and chutzpah! More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Wellington Writer Wins $US165,000 Literature Prize

Victoria University of Wellington staff member and alumna Ashleigh Young has won a prestigious Windham-Campbell Literature Prize worth USD$165,000 for her book of essays Can You Tolerate This? More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: We’re All Lab Rats

A couple of years ago, there were reports that Silicon Valley executives were sending their children to tech-free schools. It was a story that dripped of irony: geeks in the heart of techno-utopia rejecting their ideology when it came to their own kids. But the story didn’t catch on, and an awkward question lingered. Why were the engineers of the future desperate to part their gadgets from their children? More>>

  • CensusAtSchool - Most kids have no screen-time limits
  • Netsafe - Half of NZ high school students unsupervised online
  • Get More From Scoop

     
     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
    Culture
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news