Hutton’s Farewell Event – Sunday 7th April

Please read the flyer for our Farewell Event to be held this Sunday 7th April. Everybody Welcome!

Hutton’s shearwater FLYSAFE 2019

FLYSAFE 2019 – Help our Titi fledglings to reach the sea.

Our formerly fluffy chicks have now grown most of their shiny new adult feathers and will put them to the test over the coming 1.5 months when leaving their burrows for the first time to fly out to sea.

Not all of them will be successful and as such the time of the year has come again to be extra vigilant and WATCH OUT FOR CRASHLANDED HUTTON’S SHEARWATERS in and around Kaikoura.

To support and facilitate the rescue of birds on the ground, this year’s FlySafe Campaign will run from 1st March to 7th April 2019.

The HUTTON’S HUB at 115 Ludstone Road (next to DOC office) is open 24/7 to receive rescued birds. From here they will be examined and safely released.

For queries or assistance, you can ring our dedicated trustee Nicky McArthur (021 351 355) who is happy to help.

Please find more information on how you can support FlySafe on our info poster here.

Read up on further details and background info under our Crash Landings / Fallout tab here.

Become an active supporter of FlySafe by joining this year’s Volunteer Workforce. If you want to:

  • Raise public awareness of this annual occurrence throughout your community,
  • Help out on night patrols as part of one of our Rescue and Release teams,
  • Get involved in collecting useful scientific data about the Titi that crashland in Kaikoura,
  • Be part of our Hutton’s Hub monitoring team,

you can register your interest here.

FLYSAFE 2018

   

FlySafe 2018 is here!

Our young Titi are getting ready to fledge and will begin their maiden flights from the mountains to the sea from early March to mid April. As they fly at night, they can become disorientated by bright lights in and around Kaikoura and crash-land before they reached the sea. Once on the ground, the birds are unable to take off by themselves and are at risk to be killed by cars, cats or dogs.

Find out HOW YOU CAN HELP to rescue fallen birds here or by consulting our posters.

Crash landed birds

We have had several recent (September/October 2017) incidents of birds crash landing outside of the “normal” season of March/April. Lorna Deppe (a Trustee leading a paper on the ‘fallout’ phenomenon to be published in December this year) has put together the following guide on what to do if you come across Hutton’s shearwater on the ground.

HS awareness poster

When driving through Kaikoura, please watch out for birds on the road! SLOW DOWN and avoid roadkill. Hutton’s shearwater, once on the ground, are unable to move out of your way.

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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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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