Projects | Programmes | Fauna
07/07/2015 | Projects | Programmes | Fauna | 0
A three-year project to translocate 237 fluttering shearwater chicks from Long Island in the Marlborough Sounds to Matiu/Somes Island in Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington Harbour) was successfully completed in 2014.
The programme is now in a long-term monitoring phase and is already showing positive signs of a very promising outcome:
- Several of the adult birds regularly seen foraging in the harbour have been found in nest boxes on Matiu/Somes Island.
- A pair of these visitors set up ‘home’ on Matiu/Somes during 2014 and produced the first chick hatched on the island in a very long time.
- An even greater news item was the discovery during 2014 that four of the chicks from the first batch translocated in 2012 had returned to Matiu/Somes Island: