In 2018, we had hundreds of locals volunteer on different parts of our project. This ranged from the translocation, monitoring and growing mealworms for toutouwai/North Island Robin, to building and monitoring DOC 200 stoat and rat traps to extend the network across the National Park. In 2019, we have more opportunities coming up.
If you’re interested in participating you can register your interest on DOC’s Taranaki volunteer programme http://www.doc.govt.nz/get-involved/volunteer/in-your-region/taranaki/registration-of-interest/
Giving the gift of time
In 2018, we were proud of the large number of locals who participated in the release and monitoring opportunities for toutouwai/North Island robin. This included several pre-feed and catching trips to Pureora Forest Park, post-breed monitoring from the 2017 releases, pre-catch monitoring, two separate translocation releases into the robin block on our mounga and the most recent month-long pre-breeding monitoring. Watch this space for the call out for Post Breeding monitoring!
Over 150 volunteers participated in these activities which as seen positive results not only in toutouwai numbers, but also active volunteering, greater awareness and support for our project.
Te Kere Davey (pictured), from Hawera, spent a day in the bush as part of the pre-breeding toutouwai monitoring. He had supported the toutouwai release earlier in the year, but wanted to volunteer and learn more about these curious birds.
“It was a really awesome opportunity being able to see how our toutouwai were doing in their new home on Taranaki mounga,” says Te Kere. “As an uri of Taranaki Iwi it was awesome to be able to play a small part in the kaitiakitanga of our mounga. I definitely encourage uri from all of ngā iwi o Taranaki as well as people from the wider community to take up any opportunities to participate in the Mounga Project kaupapa.”