Chick sponsorship fully subscribed

All the chicks have now been sponsored as of 7.20pm 7th March 2017. Thanks to all those concerned.

Congratulation to Patron Geoff Harrow for a well deserved honour

Announced today that Hutton’s Sheartwater Charitable Trust founder and patron Geoff Harrow has received the QSM for services to mountaineering and conservation.

Well done Geoff – an award much deserved, in recognition of outstanding achievement.

Chairman Ted Howard on behalf of all trustees.

Geoff holding a hutton's chick in the new colony he was foundational in building.

Geoff holding a hutton’s chick in the new colony he was foundational in building.

Kaikoura Earthquake

The recent earthquake caused widespread damage throughout many areas of North Canterbury and Marlborough. Kaikoura was especially hard hit, with the coastal landscape undergoing dramatic changes in just a few short minutes. Our Trustees seem to have come out of it reasonably well, though their stoic “I’m OK” assertions may well have disguised much more serious situations with regard to their property. Obviously this event will have major effects on the people and economy of Kaikoura for a long time to come. The two Hutton’s shearwater mountain colonies were also affected by major landslides which covered parts of both colonies. It is not yet clear what impact this has had on the populations; this will have to wait for an on the ground assessment when it is deemed safe and resources permit (we welcome any donations to help with this through our Givealittle page). Initial estimates indicate that 10 – 30% of the two sites have been affected. The timing was unfortunate with breeding in full swing, and many birds being underground at this time of night. These events highlight the reasons for their ‘At Risk – Declining’ conservation status, a status which may need revision in the light of these events. Though their total population is relatively high their breeding colonies occupy a relatively small area, at constant risk from landslides and avalanches, as well as predation and trampling. The good news is that both the infrastructure and birds at the Te Rae o Atiu colony appear to have escaped unscathed. When we have any updates they will be posted on our Facebook page.

The photo below shows the valley below the hut.

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HSCT Newsletter – Issue 19 – November 2016

 

  • Ted’s Talk – From the Chair
  • Te Rae o Atiu – Colony report and maintenance
  • Welcome back events
  • International presentations
  • Education report
  • University research report
  • Hutton’s shearwater “fallout”
  • Works of art

Read the latest HSCT newsletter here:

Project Coordinators appointed

Coordinators appointed:

The Hutton’s Shearwater Charitable Trust recently appointed husband and wife team Elspeth Wingham and John Preece in the role of Project Coordinator for the Trust. Elspeth is a former Chair of the Trust, with a Ph.D. in marine birds, and currently splits her time between picking flowers at their Conway Flat property and babysitting her grand daughter. John works mainly in the field of wetlands.

Their main goal is to secure long term funding to achieve the aims of the Trust.

Buy Hutton’s shearwater tees and polos!

The Trust offers tees and polos in a variety of styles (unisex, ladies, kids) and colours (navy, blue, white, pink, green) under the Merchandise section of this website.

By purchasing our merchandise you directly help conservation of the endangered Hutton’s shearwater. Thank you!

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Buy Clare Reilly’s new Hutton’s shearwater print

50 individually counter signed Hutton’s shearwater prints by Clare Reilly now available. All sale profits will go directly towards Hutton’s shearwater conservation.

Print size is 400 x 400, paper size is 560 x 560. Cost is $250 each including GST, packaging and postage.

You can purchase the print via this website under the Merchandise section, or email admin@huttonsshearwater.org.nz.

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Hutton’s Hub opening – Friday 4 March 2016

Launching the Hoki Ora Atu Tītī /Fly Safe Hutton’s Shearwater event.

Join us at our Hutton’s Hub opening this Friday 4 March 2016, adjacent to the Department of Conservation office, 115 Ludstone Road, Kaikoura. 10am-4pm. All welcome!

The ‘Hutton’s Hub’ will serve as the drop-off point for Hutton’s shearwater fledglings crash landing around the Kaikoura township each March/April due to light disorientation.

Enjoy guest speakers, children’s activities, nibbles, Hutton’s displays, viewing of the Hutton’s Hub, and viewing a Hutton’s shearwater chick from the Kaikoura Peninsula colony!

Hutton’s Hub Opening

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Event posters for March-April 2016

View or download posters relating to our 2016 Hoki Ora Atu Tītī /Fly Safe Hutton’s Shearwater event:

Hutton’s Hub Opening

Fly Safe

Fly Safe – Public Presentations_Speaker Series

Have You Seen This Bird?

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HSCT Newsletter – Issue 17 – February 2016

  • Hutton’s Hub Opening
  • Hoki Ora Atu Tītī /Fly Safe Hutton’s Shearwater Event
  • Sponsor-A-Chick
  • Become A Friend
  • Volunteers Needed
  • Te Rae O Atiu/Kaikōura Peninsula Colony Report
  • Light Disorientation – Investigation Of Fallout Events

Read the latest HSCT newsletter here: HSCT Newsletter – February 2016 – Issue 17