Sixty-seven Near Threatened Mottled Petrel Pterodroma inexpectata chicks were relocated from Codfish Island/Whenua Hou off the southern coast of New Zealand last week. They were taken to a fenced site in the forested 800-ha Boundary Stream Scenic Reserve in the Maungaharuru mountain range, 24 km inland from Hawkes Bay on North Island. The reserve is known as a “Mainland Island” where intensive control of mammalian predators is carried out. The chicks will be hand fed in artificial burrows until they fledge, in the expectation they will return after a few years to the locality as breeding adults.
Starting in 2014, this is the fourth time the species has been moved to the area as part of the Poutiri Ao ō Tāne project, bringing the total number of relocated chicks to over 200.
Mottled Petrel and chick
“Poutiri Ao ō Tāne is a unique collaborative ecological and social project aimed at bringing native wildlife back into the lives of people in Hawke's Bay”.
Adams, J., Burns, R., Fastier, D. & Hogan, K. 2008. Boundary Stream Mainland Island Strategic Plan 2008 to 2018. Gisborne: Department of Conservation. 21 pp.
Hozumi, A., Loznik, B., Chen, Y.W. & von Takach Dukai, B. 2011. Seabird reintroduction to Boundary Stream Mainland Island. A strategic guide to the translocation and management of procellariiform birds at Boundary Stream Scenic Reserve. Wellington: The Seabird Group, School of Biological Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington. 49 pp.
Sagar, R.L., Leseberg, A., Ken Hunt, K., Nakagawa, K., Dunphy, B. & J. Rayner, M.J. 2015. Optimising translocation efforts of Mottled Petrels (Pterodroma inexpectata): growth, provisioning, meal size and the efficacy of an artificial diet for chicks. Emu http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MU1405.
John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 19 April 2017