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Another successful record breaking translocation of mōhua to the Eglinton Valley - October 2016

On the 21st and 22nd October 2016, 101 mōhua were translocated from Anchor Island to the Eglinton Valley. A total of 101 mōhua were caught on Anchor Island over two days. On the 21st of October, 71 mōhua were caught and flown to Kiosk Creek in the Eglinton Valley where they were met by local staff and school children, iwi and released. On the 22nd October, a further 30 birds were caught and flown to Kisk Creek where they were released by the catching teams. At least 36 of the released mōhua were sighted in the first few days following the release.
Mōhua Routeburn Track
(Photo: Michael Eckstadt)
Mōhua population gets a boost in the Eglinton Valley - October 2015

The Mōhua Charitable Trust working in partnership with DOC and Ōraka Aparima Runanga are very pleased to announce a successful translocation of 80 birds transferred from Anchor Island in the Dusky Sound to Fiorland's Eglinton Valley. In 2010, 69 mōhua were moved from Chalky Island to the Eglinton Valley in an effort to re-establish the species. Of these 34 birds stayed and settled in the valley, with 62 chicks fledging that year. Since then the population has remained relatively stable, with the survival of young birds staying high (74-81%).

Mōhua Charitable Trust founder Nigel Babbage said that for Eglinton valley mōhua numbers to increase further the population now needed to be supplemented. "The Mōhua Charitable Trust sponsored the first mohua translocation to the Eglinton valley in 2010. We are thrilled to be following this in 2015 with a population top up."

Mōhua moved to Coal Island - September 2015

Eighty mōhua were successfully moved from Chalky Island to Coal Island in Preservation Inlet, Fiordland National Park this weekend. The translocation will establish a new mōhua population, spreading the range of the bird's recovery on offshore pest free islands.

Led by the Coal Island Charitable Trust, in partnership with the Department of Conservation and the Mōhua Charitable Trust (MCT), the translocation supports MCT's aim to re-establish mōhua, and other native bird populations, to numbers once found in New Zealand.

MCT Trustee, Nigel Babbage said: "The Mōhua Charitable Trust is proud to support this excellent community-led translocation. Through partnership with the Department of Conservation, The Coal Island Charitable Trust is achieving impressive and tangible, conservation outcomes."

(Photo: James T. Reardon)
Mōhua Released in Arthurs Pass - November 2014
Press Release

The Mōhua Charitable Trust is delighted with the successful release, on Thursday 6th November, of 58 Mōhua in the pristine Hawdon Valley. In the morning the birds were captured using mist nets on predator free Chalky Island off the coast of Fiordland by a team of DOC specialists. The Mōhua, accompanied by Trust Chairman Graeme Elliott, were flown by helicopter to Te Anau and then transferred to a fixed wing aircraft and flown to Rangiora. From Rangiora another helicopter flew them to the Hawdon Valley in Arthur’s Pass National Park where they were released. This translocation is significant for a number of reasons. It is the largest ever translocation of Mōhua to Canterbury and substantially boosts the numbers of this endangered species in the region. The Hawdon Valley is predator controlled and is the home to a number of endangered species including the Orange-Fronted Parakeet. Before the translocation there were 2 known Mōhua in the Valley. Nigel Babbage, founder of the Trust, says “the long term prospects for the species in the area are extremely positive.” The Department of Conservation and the Mōhua Charitable Trust worked in close partnership and have an ongoing relationship.

Interesting facts:

  1. The Mōhua is the bird on the $100 note, the highest denomination bank note in New Zealand.
  2. It was known as the bush canary by early settlers due to its bright yellow plumage and melodious call.
The Press, Friday 7th November 2014
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