Simon holding a shearwater in the forest.

Monitoring our flesh-footed shearwaters: an apprentice ecologist’s account

On Ohinau Island, the transition from day to night tells the toanui (flesh-footed shearwaters) foraging on the water that it’s time to come home. To Predator Free Apprentice Simon Lamb, the vast number of seabirds swirling together look like a black tornado. Simon’s on the island monitoring the bird’s breeding success.  What’s involved in monitoring … Continue reading Monitoring our flesh-footed shearwaters: an apprentice ecologist’s account

Marcia holding a petrel in the bush.

Monitoring the threatened black petrels of Aotea

In the middle of the night, huddled with her team on an island in the Hauraki Gulf, Predator Free Apprentice Marcia Welch sits and waits. She’s listening out for the pitter patter of webbed feet. It’s part of the regular work involved in monitoring tākoketai (black petrels) on Aotea (Great Barrier Island). Here, Marcia gives … Continue reading Monitoring the threatened black petrels of Aotea