Our Current Projects

Our current projects focus on the Makarora/Makarore and Wilkin/Otanenui Catchment from “Ridge to River” (Part of Tititea Mt Aspiring National Park), its diverse habitats and the threatened species it supports (Makarora Catchment Threatened Species Plan).

The Makarora Catchment and its associated tributaries (Rivers the Blue, Young and Wilkin) encompass a plethora of threatened species of conservation concern within a diverse assemblage of important habitats unique to New Zealand.

Makarora River
Makarora River looking towards the Wilkin confluence and the river delta at Lake Wanaka

The habitats and species associations within this environment include; braided river as essential breeding sites for endemic wrybill, black-billed gull, black-fronted tern and banded dotterel. Below, is the first 2017/2018 wrybill fledgling (a vulnerable threatened species endemic to New Zealand which is dependant on braided river habitat to complete its life cycle) identified from ABT’s braided river bird monitoring programme for Makarora River (Dec 2017).

Wrybill fledgling, Makarora braided river habitat Dec 2017

The pristine rivers of the Blue, the Young, the Wilkin and Siberia for whio/blue duck. The alpine habitat of the Southern Alps/ Kā Tiritiri o te Moana as core territory for rock wren and kea. The diverse beech/podocarp forest for kaka, mohua and long-tailed bat.

Juvenile kea looking over the Crucible Basin toward the Gillespie Pass, Siberia Valley

These species need our help and the help of future generations!

Biodiversity and ecosystems – NATURE – is the infrastructure that supports life on planet earth.

―   Dr Cristiana Pasca Palmer  UN Convention on Biological Diversity (2018)

ABT general study area for the Makarore/Otanenui catchment from ridge to river.

ABT’s threat management/ invasive predator control programs and species monitoring are focused on locations of identified remnant threatened species populations and collectively extends into connecting habitats. Visit target threatened species pages for more details.

Cawthron Institute River Story Awards Finalist 2021

All text and images by Aspiring Biodiversity Trust unless specified. ABT ©

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