Taranaki Mounga wants the public to report sightings of the 50 toutouwai/robin that were released on Mt Taranaki last month.
The robins were translocated from Pureora Forest Park to the northern slopes of Mt Taranaki after a 110 year absence from the mountain. Taranaki Mounga director Jan Hania says there have already been reports of toutouwai being seen near Holly Hut and the Ahukawakawa Swamp near the Pouakai ranges.
“Locals can help us better protect the toutouwai/robin by letting us know where they see them. The best thing is the birds are really quite friendly, especially if you scuff your foot on the ground to unearth some tasty morsels, so you have a good chance of spotting one,” he says.
Monitoring teams, including volunteers from Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust, have reported some of the birds have stayed near the release site, which has an intensive rat control network, and others seem to have dispersed throughout the national park.
“This citizen science project to bring together bird observations is a way for the community to support the on-the-ground conservation work Taranaki Mounga is undertaking,” says Jan Hania.
NatureWatch NZ’s Shane Orchard has helped set up the citizen science project. “The project is a great way for people to get involved in bringing the robins back to Mt Taranaki and tracking how well they are doing. All the sightings also help build up a national picture of toutouwai in New Zealand,” he says.
Click here for details about how to report a toutouwai/robin sighting.
Keep an eye out for the toutouwai when you visit Mt Taranaki