We have a Pycroft’s petrel egg!

Pycroft’s Petrel egg

We have an egg! On arrival on the Island on the 9th
December, Morag and Simon Fordham began with a
check of the Pycroft’s petrel burrows and found a bird
incubating an egg in box 53. The band number was
207309. This bird had spent time in box 53 last year with
its (presumed) partner 207318. If all goes well this will
be our first Pycroft’s petrel chick to hatch on the Island.

Shelly Heiss-Dunlop's photos show adult Pycroft's found in box 61 by John and Kay on 30th October 2016. It was in the same burrow last year and is a bird from the first cohort brought to Motuora as a chick in 2012.

Shelly Heiss-Dunlop’s photos show adult Pycroft’s petrel found in box 61 by John and Kay on 30th
October 2016. It was in the same burrow last year and is a bird from the first
cohort brought to Motuora as a chick in 2012.

Click to see full sized images

 Fluttering Shearwater

We have a chick! When Morag and Simon moved on to
the fluttering shearwater boxes they discovered that the
egg found by John and Kay in October in box 7 has
hatched. Sadly, an egg in box 1 seems to have
disappeared. However, it’s good that box 7 is going
well as that one is in the new area we opened up last
year hoping to tempt the birds away from the
dangerous cliff-top sites.

Last Newsletter for 2016

The Motuora Restoration Society’s December Newsletter can be downloaded from here. We are delighted to be one of the recipients of the inaugural award from the international  Society for Ecological Restoration for restoration excellence.

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MRS Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Motuora Restoration Society was held in the St John Ambulance Hall, Silverdale on Sunday 29th May 2016. As both Ray Lowe and Kit Brown, the long-serving Chair and Secretary of the Motuora Restoration Society, decided to step down from these roles during the past year John Stewart was formally elected the new Chairperson and Liz Norquay the new Secretary. Roger Harker was newly elected to the committee and Les Buckton, Colin Cordes, Kevin Hawkins, Helen Lindsay, Lakshmanan Nataraj, and Bruce Ross were reelected.

John Stewart, as acting Chairperson presented the 2015-16 Annual Report. A pdf copy is available here: Chairperson’s Report

The AGM concluded with Manu Barry presenting information about Duvacel Geckos.

All members and contacts on our database are reminded that we need to update your details so please reply to our letters and e-mails. You can renew your membership or join the Society by e-mail: mrsadmin@motuora.org.nz or write to us at:

Membership Secretary, PO Box 100-132, NSMC, Auckland, 0745

Manu Barry talking about Duvacel Geckos at 2016 AGM

Manu Barry talking about Duvacel Geckos at 2016 AGM

 

MRS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Motuora Restoration Society

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Will be held on Sunday 29th May 2016

at 1:30 pm

St. John Ambulance Hall, Silverdale Street

Silverdale

AGENDA

  1. Minutes of the May 2015 AGM
  2. Matters arising from the Minutes
  3. Financial Report
  4. Chairperson’s Annual Report
  5. Election of Officers and Committee Members*
  6. Subscriptions for 2016-2017
  7. Any other business

*The officers of the Society comprise the Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary, and the Constitution calls for at lease two other committee members. Nominations for all these positions will be accepted by mail, to be received by Thursday 26th May 2016. Nominations will also be accepted from the floor of the meeting. All nominees, proposers and seconders must be financial members of the Society.

After the formal part of the meeting, there will be a presentation about reptiles on Motuora by Dr Manuela Barry of Massey University.

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November 2015 Workday Motuora

First pohutukawa flowers on MotuoraEarly pohutukawa flowers greeted the 27 people who ferried to Motuora for the last workday for 2015.

It was warm and overcast and a little light rain failed to dampen the spirits of the MRS members and volunteers who worked to help clear tracks, improve the fencing to protect shore skink and gecko areas, selective weeding and pricking out carex seedlings.

Ray Lowe, retiring MRS Chairperson, and Kit Brown retiring MRS Secretary, erected an information sign at the gannet viewing site. Some 20 gannets are nesting, one chick has hatched and there appears to be at least 3 birds sitting on eggs.

Ray on Motuora after his final committee meeting as Chair

Chris Green from DoC and the Auckland zoo team briefing MRS members about the translocation of Wetapunga.

Chris Green from DoC and the Auckland zoo team briefing MRS members about the translocation of Wetapunga.

 

Chris Green co:ordinated a team from the Auckland zoo in transporting and attaching 100 bamboo huts inhabited by half grown wetapunga to branches in established forest.

Labelled bamboo houses containing half grown wetapunga ready for attaching to trees on Motuora

Labelled bamboo houses containing half grown wetapunga ready for attaching to trees on Motuora

 

 

 

 

 

This is the fourth translocation of wetapunga to Motuora and tracking data provides evidence that previous populations have successfully bred a further generation of wetapunga so it appears that the zoo breeding programme and the lack of predators on Motuora are key factors in helping this species to survive.

Ben from Auckland Zoo and Liz, MRS Committee, attaching a wetapunga house

Ben from Auckland Zoo and Liz, MRS Committee, attaching a wetapunga house.

Nattu, MRS treasurer, attaching bamboo wetapunga house.

Nattu, MRS treasurer, attaching bamboo wetapunga house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first ever fluttering shearwater chicks have hatched on Motuora as a result of a sound attraction programme on Motuora. John Stewart, MRS Chairperson, and co:ordinator of the seabird translocation programme assisted by Kay Milton banded the month old chick. The other chick was only 10 – 16 days old so was too small to band.

The first fluttering shearwater to hatch on Motuora about to be banded by John Stewart current MRS chair.

The first fluttering shearwater to hatch on Motuora about to be banded by John Stewart current MRS chair.

John briefing volunteers and MRS members about establishing fluttering shearwaters on Motuora

John briefing volunteers and MRS members about establishing fluttering shearwaters on Motuora

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first fluttering shearwater to hatch on Motuora about to be banded by John Stewart current MRS chair.

The first fluttering shearwater to hatch on Motuora about to be banded by John Stewart current MRS chair.

The second fluttering shearwater to hatch on Motuora.

The second fluttering shearwater to hatch on Motuora.

A gallery of photos from the November 2015 Motuora workday, click on image to see full size: