Each year, young toutouwai leave their parents and safety inside Zealandia and go in search of their own territory. We know that many of these birds are trying to make their homes inside Waimapihi, but we don't know how many succeed, or how many fail.
This monitoring project is a partnership between researchers at Victoria University and Ngā Kaimanaaki o te Waimapihi. Keeping track of these young toutouwai will create vital knowledge - letting us know where birds go and how we can best help them survive in Waimapihi reserve.
This website collects the latest sighting data from our volunteers to show how the young Toutouwai are moving out into the reserve, and to track their survival through to the next breeding season.
We're a community conservation group focused on restoring the mauri of Waimapihi Reserve through trapping, planting, manu monitoring, and more. Our kaupapa is to lay down the welcome mat and be neighbourly with our natives, ensuring that pets and native wildlife can live in harmony.
Sign up and find out more at www.polhill.org.nz
Follow us on Instagram www.instagram.com/polhillprotectors/
You can also get involved through our Facebook group, where you can get in touch with members of the group and find out about opportunities to get involved. You can also report any sightings there.
One of the best ways you can support this project (especially if you live in the area) is to make sure your cats are kept inside - ideally all the time, but at least after dark when cats do most of their hunting. Groups like the SPCA and Predator Free NZ recommend keeping your cat indoors, both for the safety of your cat and to protect native wildlife.
You might enjoy this video about transitioning an outdoor cat to indoor living.