Photo - K Raw, Dunedin
2013 was a busy year - we cared for a number of birds - most of which had suffered injuries from impacting with solid objects - particularly windows.
The biggest challenge and highlight of the year was the arrival in April of a very late baby Kereru that had accidentally lost its parents and home when the dead tree it was in was cut down.
This was the smallest Kereru Squab we had ever tried to hand rear - "she" was less than a week old and as you can see from the photos had no proper feathers!
Taking things slowly (each day was a bonus) and with help she was successfully handreared Each milestone was massive ... getting her to a point where she could go up to the aviary was huge, seeing her eating Tree Lucerne on her own in the aviary was fantastic .... and letting her go ... well that is beyond words.
Have a wee look here at a wee video we've put together of a special wee Kereru....
This is something we can ALL get involved in:
Why should I count Kereru?
Kereru are important for keeping our forests healthy. They are the only birds that can spread the seeds of native trees that have very big fruit, like tawa, miro, taraire and karaka. We want to know where the Kererū are in New Zealand and if there are places where we can help them by planting more food trees or controlling their predators.
What do I have to do?
It’s easy! Between the 19th and 27th of February 2012, count any kererū in your garden, local park, reserves and school grounds.
We need to know:
1) Where you spotted the kererū
2) How many kererū you saw
3) What they were doing
4) If they were eating, what plant was it?
5) Then enter results at www.kererucount.org.nz - this site will go live on Sunday 19th of February so be sure to check back then!
We are truly grateful to Garmin Australia for their amazing support in sending us a Garmin Nuvi 3760 Sat Nav. As well as making any journeys to pick up injured birds that much easier, over time we also intend to plot the sites of where Kereru have hit windows from the many years of data we have gathered. It will be interesting to see if there is a pattern.
We would very much like to share with you a special film created by the very talented Kamani Suppiah - a student of Natural History at the Otago University. It guest-stars some of the birds we have cared for over recent months and who have since been successfully released.
Please be sure to have sound enabled as the Kereru narrate the story.