Newsletter – Issue 16 – September 2015

  • Sponsor-A-Chick
  • Month Long Farewell Event – Hoki Ora Atu Tītī /Fly Safe Hutton’s Shearwater
  • Major Sponsorship Opportunity
  • Light Disorientation
  • Parrot Dog – RareBird Craft Beer Range
  • Te Rae O Atiu/Kaikōura Peninsula Colony Report
  • Threats

HSCT Newsletter – Issue 16 – September 2015

Newsletter – Issue 15 – April 2015

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  • The stuff of legends
  • Full team of Trustees
  • Project Coordinator
  • Foraging behaviour
  • Seeking Treasurer and Secretary
  • Bronze Hutton’s sculpture
  • Te Rae O Atiu/Kaikōura Peninsula Colony Report

Newsletter – Issue 14 – November 2014

  • Haere Mai Nga Titi
  • Become a Friend
  • Cool caps
  • Interesting info
  • Dazzling bright lights
  • Successful funding
  • Hutton’s count 2014
  • Go Kaikoura New World
  • Kids corner
  • Te Rae O Atiu/Kaikōura Peninsula Colony Report

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Newsletter – Issue 13 – June 2014

  • Celebration
  • Hutton’s history with Geoff Harrow
  • Wanted: New Trustees
  • Crash landers and X19805
  • Population estimation
  • Education into the community
  • Te Rae o Atiu / Kaikoura Peninsula colony report

Hutton’s Shearwater Bibliography

An annotated bibliography documenting extensive research on Hutton’s shearwater.

Hutton’s bibliography

Crash-landed Hutton’s shearwater fledglings and light pollution

Over 200 endangered Hutton’s shearwaters (Puffinus huttoni) fledglings downed by bright lights were rescued from roads in and around Kaikoura on New Zealand’s South Island during the 2014/15 breeding season. Following collection by volunteers the young birds were measured, weighed, banded and released to sea by the Hutton’s Shearwater Charitable Trust and Albatross Encounter. When the fledglings depart their only two remaining mountain colonies in the Seaward Kaikoura Range inland of Kaikoura and head towards the ocean, they unfortunately become attracted and disorientated by the town’s street lights. Mitigation measures are currently underway.

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Hutton’s shearwater research documents and journal papers


Population trends

Post translocation movements

Breeding Success

Chewing lice on NZ birds

Amendments of chewing lice


Ten year DOC assessment


Newsletter – Issue 12 – February 2014

  • End of an era
  • Te Rae O Atiu/Kaikōura Peninsula Colony Report
  • Trust to learn from Yellow-Eyed Penguin Trust
  • Coverham shearwaters
  • Our Kaumatua – Geoff Harrow
  • Seabirds, Shearwaters Science & Sea Week
  • Recent education
  • Project funding

HSCT newsletter – Issue 12

The Mystery Bird – Documentary

The Mystery Bird is a documentary film on the endangered Hutton’s shearwater produced by Claire Clements and Sean Giffin.

The Hutton’s shearwater was long known to Māori, providing a major sustainable source of protein to Ngāti Kuri in the area. The species was first officially described in 1912, and later there were anecdotal reports from high country farmers and hunters of ‘muttonbird’ burrows at high elevations in the Seaward Kaikōura Range, behind Kaikōura. In 1965, following on from these leads, Geoff Harrow found carcasses in the headwaters of the Kowhai River at altitudes between 1,200 and 1,800 m above sea level, that were confirmed as Hutton’s shearwaters. Extensive searching led to the confirmation of eight colonies, but only two remnant colonies remain today. At least ten colonies formerly existed in both the Seaward Kaikōura and Inland Kaikōura Ranges, and potentially further afield beyond these mountains.

DOC Funding helps Trust soar – Kaikoura Star – 16 July 2014

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The Department of Conservation is to provide a grant of $45,000 over three years to support the Hutton’s Shearwater Charitable Trust in appointing a Project Coordinator.