Panui from the Peninsula

Kia ora and Good Morning
Here’s the latest from the Otago Peninsula Trust. Thanks for all your support – we appreciate it!

1. Can you help? Albatross attacked by predators. Volunteers urgently needed to build fence. See media release and photos for info. 
2. April Cheat Sheet. 3 albatross chicks on view from observatory, daylight saving tour times, opening hours
3. What’s new? Royal Tiki Tour – Albatross+Penguins+Birdwatchers Tea+ Return city transport. Our ultimate tour $145 Adults, $100 children.
4. How have we done? Otago Peninsula Trust’s successes for 14/15 – release attached.

5. Want to encourage your visitors to stay longer in April? Share new Wild Dunedin Festival 22-25 April. Programme. Brochures from i-SITE or Email to order #WildDunedin
Otago Peninsula Trust is a founding partner and is pleased to present the following events:
- Wild Green Ride 23/24 April. Take a ride on the wild side on a Glenfalloch Green Bike. Spot shore birds and enter a prize draw. 
- Blue Penguins Pukekura Exhibit Daily. Learn how you can get involved with Blue Penguin monitoring and research. Free.
- Pesky Pests at Glenfalloch 22 April. Find animals and plants that are threats to our wildlife. $2
- Albatross Express Tours Daily. Special 30 minute express tours to see Albatross chicks. Kids activities. SPECIAL DEAL
- Blue Penguins Pukekura Tours Daily. See world’s smallest penguin scurry home to their burrows. SPECIAL FAMILY PRICE

Media Release: 
Spate of attacks on albatross has Trust calling for volunteers.         

The reason for the recent disappearances of albatross and their chicks at the Royal Albatross Centre have been revealed. New webcam and staff monitoring have led to images of the attackers being caught on camera.

Royal Albatross Centre Manager of Operations, Hoani Langsbury says “This is an urgent problem that needs help. We are calling for volunteers to come and help us build a fence on the seaward site of the colony. This appears to be where the predators are getting in”.

Volunteers are asked to assemble at 9.00am at the colony. “We anticipate that the fence building will take about three hours and we will only require volunteers until noon” advises Hoani.

Staff are working to identify the predators, people are asked to look closely at the images below to see if they can help. Hoani says “It is easy to identify the Sea Lion, however we are having trouble identifying the feline predator, which we believe could have come over from South America somehow”.

Otago Peninsula Trust Chief Executive Robyn McDonald says “Dunedin people love wildlife and appreciate the work the Trust has done towards protecting albatross. We expect a huge turnout of volunteers to help fence the colony; with all the volunteers we are certain that it will be completed by noon today”
Ends: 01.04.16

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Posted on April 7, 2016 .