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2016/17 fluttering shearwater breeding season ends

The 2016/17 fluttering shearwater breeding season has come to a very successful end. Three chicks were born and all successfully fledged. This compares to just one chick in 2014/15 and another in 2015/16. ... Read More >

Makaro Island
Flora | Fauna | Maintenance

Visit to Makaro Island – November 2016

On 20 November 2016, Graeme Taylor, Shane and Kieran Cotter visited Makaro (Ward) Island. Unfortunately Mark Ormsby, iwi rep, withdrew that morning from joining us. Transport was provided by Emma Dunning, DOC Ranger, ex Matiu/Somes Island. ... Read More >

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Fauna

Diving Petrel on Matiu/Somes Island

On 4 September 2016, a diving petrel was caught on the fluttering shearwater colony. They have not been recorded on Matiu/Somes Island before. ... Read More >

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Fauna | Stories

Gull Banding 2015 – 2016

What with the weather not playing its part and some key people not being available, we still managed to have two separate groups of volunteers doing what they could to band as many Black-backed Gull chicks as possible. ... Read More >

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Flora | Fauna | Maintenance

Visits to Makaro and Mokopuna Islands

On 8 February 2016, Graeme Taylor, Emma Rowell, Gail Abel and Shane Cotter visited both Makaro (Ward) and Mokopuna (Leper) Island in Wellington Harbour. Transport was provided by Emma Dunning, DOC Ranger, from Matiu/Somes Island. ... Read More >

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Projects

The chick has fledged - January 2016

After the excitement of the December overnight visit, January was very quiet by comparison. ... Read More >

Stories

Mutton birds on Matiu/Somes Island

While walking around the island at midnight on the 24th of January 2016 showing some friends the local nightlife (Tuatara, Giant Weta and Little Blue Penguins), I heard and recorded a seabird calling from the ground. ... Read More >

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Projects

WOW, what a night!!! - December 2015

I have just returned from spending two nights on the island doing my monthly overnight visit. As I know birds like rough weather, I extended my usual stay by one night to catch the gale force winds on the 12th. ... Read More >

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Stories

A Perfect Rainbow!!

How's this for a great message from the sky!!
Right over the DOC Ranger's office!! ... Read More >

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Maintenance | Volunteers

Volunteers - Two Events In One!

We are organising a special two-for-one maintenance day for volunteers ... Read More >

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Maintenance

The Big Clean-Up

30 July 2015 was a special day for Matiu/Somes - time for the triennial Big Clean-Up! ... Read More >

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Stories

Be In To Win

Nature Connections has a new video covering Matiu/Somes Island and other nature locations in the region. ... Read More >

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Stories

Nature Connection Videos

Here are videos developed by Nature Connections, which publicise Matiu/Somes Island and some of its fauna ... Read More >

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Projects | Programmes | Fauna

Fluttering Shearwater

A three-year project to translocate 237 fluttering shearwater chicks was successfully completed in 2014 ... Read More >

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Programmes | Fauna

Little Penguin (Korora)

A two-stage study of the little penguin was carried out on Matiu/Somes Island from 2007 to 2014 ... Read More >

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Programmes

Eastbourne Forest Rangers (EFR)

The Eastbourne Forest Rangers (EFR) was formed in the mid-1930s to carry out ... Read More >

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Projects

End of Translocation Stage

The chick from burrow 40 went back to the island on Thursday after spending a couple of days at the zoo ... Read More >

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Projects

Pub Crawling Chick

Chick 40 visits a pub in Wellington! ... Read More >

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Projects

Fond Farewells

Last night's southerly was perfect departure weather for the fluttering shearwater chicks. ... Read More >

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Projects | Fauna

Video of Fluttering Shearwater Chick Exercising!!

We've posted a video of chick 35 on its first night outside its burrow .... ... Read More >

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