In the news, ABT are delighted to feature in the latest ORC Eco Fund promotional video (above) and were asked to supply threatened species survey images from last season (top left and top right) which have been used to feature in the new promotional leaflet. The video gives a short clip on a number of valuable environmental projects happening across Otago. There is some nice drone footage of the Makarora braided river habitat.
Threatened Species Programmes
We may have been quite but behind the scenes ABT are busy implementing and progressing Makarora threatened species programmes for endemic braided river birds, rock wren, blue duck / whio and forest birds.
Invasive mammalian catch effort on the Makarora braided river has removed a number of stoats, hedgehogs, rats and mice in preparation for the spring bird breeding season. Cats and the Southern black-backed gull (an avian predator of endemic braided river bird chicks) are also part of the braided river bird restoration programme and will be addressed this coming season. Volunteer help has been essential to this progress.