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Yellow-eyed Penguin Annual Symposium

For immediate release:
Yellow-eyed Penguin Annual Symposium - Saturday 1 August 2009 – 9.00am – 4.30pm
The Yellow-eyed Penguin Consultative Group are holding their annual symposium, this Saturday, 1 August, in the seminar room at Unicol, Dunedin.
The annual symposium is an opportunity for speakers to share information and provide updates relating to field work and research undertaken, to benefit yellow-eyed penguins in a number of key breeding areas. Speakers will include representatives from: Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust, Department of Conservation, Massey University, Te Rere Reserve, University of Otago, Kaitiki Point Penguin Trust and New Friends of Bushey Beach.
Key areas of interest: (full programme below)
A summary of breeding success of yeps on the Otago Coast 2008/9 by Mel Young (Department of Conservation)
Management of visitor impacts by volunteers – Sandfly Bay by David Mules (Department of Conservation)
Yeps Backyard – an online interactive project for schools (nation-wide) in term 4 by Monika Fry (of Megabright in association with New Zealand International Science Festival, Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust and Department of Conservation).
Massey University update on mortality/disease and skeletal deformities at Okia Reserve, Otago Peninsula by Associate Professor Maurice Alley and team (of Veterinary Pathology Pathobiology Section Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences Massey University)
Book Launch and photo opportunity: "Penguins of New Zealand" with authors in person– text by Lloyd Davis, photography by Rod Morris (published by New Holland Publishers, NZ)
Sue Murray, General Manager of the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust says the event is an important event and covers a range of topics centred on the endangered yellow-eyed penguin.
"A wide range of registrations from individuals and organisations have been invited to attend. The sharing of knowledge, research outcomes and related conservation activity being undertaken is important in assisting the yellow-eyed penguin to continue to breed successfully".
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