Welcome to the Fiordland Conservation Trust, est. 2007
The Fiordland Conservation Trust is a community-driven initiative supporting conservation projects in Fiordland, Southland and New Zealand's Sub-Antarctic Islands.
The conservation jigsaw puzzle
Each project is a jigsaw piece that fits properly into the big picture, a picture that is turning from a flat 2 dimensional postcard picture into a 3D future of sounds, movement, footprints - tieke, mohua, kakaruai, pateke, whio, kakapo, pekapeka-tou-roa, oligosoma pikitanga - just some of the birds, bats and skinks that are no longer a fragment of a guiltily ignorant past but are a vibrant part of a regenerating and sustainable future.
For further information about the Trust, go to About Us.
The latest news:
Rachel Cockburn, Trust Manager, to change her conservation focus
It is with much regret that the Trust has accepted Rachel Cockburn's decision to step down from the role of Manager after six years of working hard to ensure that the Trust's vision has been translated into some amazing application in both its long-term projects and its one-off translocations. As the Chair Murray Willans stated, thanks to Rachel's professional and dedicated approach, 'the Trust is in a place where it's well respected and well regarded by the national community'.
The QEII covenanting of a significant area of their farm is Rachel's next conservation focus but that means the Trust needs a new manager.
If you are interested in applying for the position of Trust Manager, working part time from home to help manage its projects and partnerships here in Fiordland, please contact Trust Chairman Murray Willans at: Murray.email@example.com. Applications close 21 February.
Some light reading:
Thanks to Jo Marsh of Restoration SolutioNZ, a second bird monitoring report for the Kids Restore the Kepler project is now complete.
This can be compared with the report published in February 2013 and we can begin to track the results of the hard work being done by the kids restoring the Kepler and by all the other volunteers involved in this huge long-term project to bring the birdsong back to the Kepler.
Click here for a link to the Kids Restore the Kepler project page, which now has both reports posted in the right hand column in pdf form.
Jo is particularly adept at writing a readable report. It is worth taking the time to read the detail and to remember that just as the Kids Restore New Zealand and other sponsors of the project have generously demonstrated with their long-term funding commitments, we all need to be in this for the long haul.
A new project and a new sponsor
The Fiordland Conservation Trust is really pleased to be embarking on a new project with the Fiordland Lobster Company and the Department of Conservation. Thanks to the lobster company's commitment to our national bird, 45 of our little spotted kiwi, apteryx owenii, are to be given another new home in Fiordland, this time Dusky Sound's stoat-free Anchor Island/Pukenui.
The only kiwi to have become extinct on the mainland, this project is essential for ensuring their long-term survival. They'll be translocated from the sanctuary of Kapiti Island, to which the little spotted was first transferred for safe-keeping at the turn of the 20th century. Click here for more detail.
Fiordland Conservation Trust newsletter:
Check out the latest news about the work being managed by the Trust.
For those of you who like to follow the progress in depth, the 2012/13 DOC Sinbad Sanctuary Annual Report is in the 2013 download section of the Sinbad Sanctuary project page or it can be downloaded by clicking here. This truly unique ecosystem with its own alpine lizard population is really worth the work being done in Milford's Sinbad Gully.
Southern Discoveries' ongoing commitment to the project is what is making it possible.
TOWER Tutus on Tour 2013
- ballet and bats?
The Royal New Zealand Ballet will be in Te Anau on 3 December. It is their 60th anniversary and that in itself is worthy of celebration.
The connection with conservation? Joining us for this celebration of dance will help fund the work of the Fiordland Conservation Trust. It is our main fundraiser and the tickets are now on sale - Southland District Council office and Fab & Finesse.
The Kids restoring the Kepler are considering ways of dealing with the issue of cats in the Kepler. Click on their news link and scroll down the page for further information.
If you are in the area on 31 October, there's a public meeting in Te Anau to work through with the community, the challenges that the kids have identified. Details are here. Otago University researcher Yolanda van Heezik will present her findings about cats in the Dunedin area.
This is something else that the Kids restoring the Kepler have been working on - some ideas for spending time with your kids in the outdoors.
The long term decisions
Long-term conservation projects such as those managed by the Fiordland Conservation Trust take place alongside ongoing pest eradication research done by the scientists. Issues arise that need to be debated to enable the best decisions to be made. E.g. what happens in an ecosystem when stoat numbers come under control?
Graeme Elliot, a DOC scientist with an extensive background in optimising animal pest control to achieve the best conservation outcomes, recently shared his expertise with the Trust. A video of the discussion is available online by clicking on this YouTube link.
It's about one hour long but well worth it if you want to gain an in-depth understanding of the intricacies of pest control and the implications for conservation projects such as those taking place in Fiordland.
As John Robson commented in the latest edition of Jigsaw, Milford's native birdlife has begun to reestablish itself with the 'trapping programme in the Milford corridor paying dividends'.
The team to thank for this change is Steve and Kate Norris's Trips & Tramps. Journeying as they do from Te Anau into Milford every day with their clients, they can regularly check their traps. Their vigilance is ensuring introduced pest numbers remain low and the native wildlife has a chance. Thanks team! Read more about the project here including trapping updates.
Fiordland Conservation Trust newsletter: Jigsaw - July 2013
Check out the latest news about the work being managed by the Trust, including plans for Te Anau's very own spy agency, enabled by the generous donations of the public and by the Trust's incredibly committed sponsors, who range from local businesses to international visitors.
In July 2013, the Trust welcomed a new level of commitment to the KRTK project from Distinction Hotels NZ, following on from their previous sponsorship of the Kepler bat research project. The New Zealand wide hotel chain having begun in Te Anau with the Distinction Luxmore and Distinction Te Anau hotels, will come in as a second-tier sponsor with a determination to help this project in the long-term. Check out the KRTK project page for more detail.
Click here to view James Reardon's video of oligosama pikitanga, the mountain climber, endemic to the cirque at the head of Sinbad Gully. Southern Discoveries' continued commitment to this project is enabling the work necessary to ensure the best environment for this sleek beauty. Check the project page as well.
Ex-Fiordland student Jo Marsh, new KRtK education coordinator
The Fiordland Conservation Trust recently announced the appointment of Jo Marsh to the position of Education Coordinator for the KRtK project. This follows the resignation of Caroline Carter from the Kids Restore the Kepler role, a role that Caroline's incredibly hard work established and developed.
Click on the News Summary page for more detail. You will understand why the Trust is so excited.
The kids are faced with a big challenge
Cats have been caught on camera entering Fiordland National Park confirming the suspicion that cats are using the Te Anau Control Gates to gain access to the Kepler. http://www.doc.govt.nz/about-doc/news/media-releases/kids-restoring-the-kepler-discover-cats-at-park-entrance/
Website update for the kids
The kids have updated their website and it's definitely worth taking a look.
Go to www.kidsrestorethekepler.co.nz.
The work has been completed to coincide with the 3 day virtual field trip held on 21-23 May, that focussed on the Kepler project. Fiordland students, with help from Ruud Kleinpaste, NZ's 'bugman' and Kids Restore NZ trustee, have been taking students from all over NZ out onto the Kepler via LEARNZ, an online educational site.
Indian Island becomes home to 70 South Island robin/toutouwai
The news and the noise from Dusky Sound's Indian Island sounds sweeter and louder as each year goes by. With the first ever release of a native species back onto the island, there is a sense of celebration amongst the project team.
- Read more by scrolling down to the NEWS on the Indian Island Project page.
- Check out our Facebook page for 'almost as good as being there' images.
- And view some very cool footage on youtube.
Fiordland Conservation Trust newsletter: Jigsaw - March 2013
Check out the latest news about the work being managed by the Trust, enabled by the generous donations of the public and by the Trust's incredibly committed sponsors, who range from local businesses to international visitors.
Great News for Fiordland Conservation Trust
Fiordland Conservation Trust is really pleased to announce that Greg Hay of Peregrine Wines has agreed to take on the role of Patron of the Trust. This follows the resignation of John Davies from the position. The Trust extends its gratitude to John especially for the work done in the challenging setting up phase of the Trust.
Kids Restore the Kepler:
The Kepler Backyard Birdsong project is about restoring the birdsong (along with other native inhabitants such as long-tailed bats and yellow mistletoe). To know if we are making progress we need to have a baseline report that tells us where things are at now. Jo Whitehead of Restoration SolutioNZ was contracted to do just that. Find her excellent and very readable report on the Kids Restore the Kepler project page.
Kids Restore the Kepler:
The pests don't stand a chance on the Kepler Peninsula. Even during the school holidays, the kids were restoring the Kepler.
Check out their website www.kidsrestorethekepler.org.nz