Welcome to the Kea Conservation Trust website!
On this site you will find out information about one of New Zealands most charismatic species inclusive of current research, threats to kea and how you can make a difference.
All information is easily accessible by clicking on the pages in the menu to the left of the screen - please take your time and enjoy learning more about this fabulous species!
Photo credit: Corey Mosen
The Kea Conservation Trust is a registered charitable trust dedicated to kea conservation. But we cant help kea on our own - it is only with support from our members and funders that we can help this species. Joining the Kea Conservation Trust will help us to:
Kea Death by electrocution
February 1st 2013
All birds were electrocuted within the National Park after accessing live cables. It is hoped that Alpine Energy will take immediate action to upgrade their facility before more incidents occur.
In the meantime, Corey Mosen (KCT/DOC) has applied some of the Kea Conservation Trusts bird repellent mix around the area in an effort to dissuade any further interaction by threatened birds.
To find out about the full story, visit our Kea in the News page. We will keep you updated when we receive a response from Alpine Energy.
Flora Hut - Lead free!
(From the FMC NZ March newsletter)
A huge thanks to everyone who has supported this very worthwhile expedition. Although things didn't quite end the way Nathan and Nigel hoped, they did an excellent job in raising awareness of kea and in showing the importance of dreaming big " Dream big and challenge yourself - trying but not succeding is far better than never trying at all".
Also a big thanks to mountain sponsors - Maruia River Lodge and Café – Mt Una, Caroline Emily Donovan – Emily Peak and Outward Bound – Mt Ella.
Also thanks to supporters DOC, Bivouac, NZ Mountain Safety Council, City Fitness, and of course the Sport NZ Hillary Expedition Grant.
Funded by Wellington Zoo Conservation Fund and NZ Lottery Grants Board
A total of 9 chicks were observed in December over the 4 nest monitoring sites (a total area of around 25,000Ha) down from 16 chicks and 5 eggs recorded between August - November. It is likely that by January, the number of chicks which successfully fledged would have again decreased - for instance no fledglings were observed at Kahurangi National Park site in January although 3 chicks had been observed 1 month earlier still in their nest, and only 2 chicks fledged at Nelson Lakes from an original 6 recorded on film.
Auckland University - Satellite Tracking of kea
We would like to extend a big THANK YOU to the following individuals and organisations for supporting kea in the last 2 months:
R A Officer and V Kuhlm - $80.00
Hilary Isles- $50.00
Hamilton Zoo Conservation Fund - $1,000.00
RA Officer and V Kulim - $80.00
Holmsater Ltd - $165.00
Ellen and Alan Stewart - $150.00
Thank you RA Officer and V Kuhlm who set up a monthly donation into our account last year.
21 Peaks in 21 Days donations
The following donations received over the past two months have been a result of the tremendous work put in by Nathan and Nigel Watson:
Wendy Baker -$20.00
Waller precision sprayers J&N Taylor - $500.00
Mrs J M Nicolas - $20.00
Caren Fox - $20.00
Fran and Dan Matthews - $30.00
G & A Hunter - $150.00
Mark & Jayne Hubble -$20.00
Alf Clear - $1,210.00
Harker family - $100.00
Mr Robert Andrew Ferguson - $250.00
Mrs Catriona Aramaki - $1,000.00
Mick Bec Ferguson - $80.00
Mr SJ Langridge Reet Club - $40.00
Trish Barry - $30.00
Kirsten Warah - $20.00
Chris Cox Family - $100.00
Judy Nicholas and friends - $115.00
C Philip - $30.00
Outward Bound - $2,263.00
Caroline Emily Donovan - $500.00
All our donors are listed on our Our Donors page.
If you would like to make a donation or become a member, you can now pay directly on our website (Donate and Help Kea) via Paypal. This should make things alot easier for all our overseas supporters!
Kea in the news
Fingerless thief filches tourist's dough
Megan Miller - Timaru Herald
A thief stole hundreds of dollars from Peter Leach's campervan, but left no fingerprints - because the thief has no fingers.
Mr Leach, a visitor from Glasgow, Scotland, stopped at Arthur's Pass on Wednesday to take in the views at a rest area along State Highway 73. He left the windows down as he snapped photos of the scenery, including one of an unusual bird on the ground near his vehicle. Little did he know he'd become a target for the local criminal element.
"A Canadian couple walked by and said: 'We've just seen that bird take something out of your campervan'," Mr Leach laughed.
"It took all the money I had. I was left with $40 in my pocket."
The unsuspecting tourist had stashed his travel cash - about NZ$1300 - in a small cloth drawstring bag and left it on the dashboard, where the bird apparently found it while rummaging through other items.
The kea grabbed the bag and made a clean aerial getaway.
Effort to stop Kea Electrocutions
Kea repellent has been sprayed on a substation at Mt Cook in an attempt to stop kea being electrocuted.
In the past couple of weeks, five kea and a native falcon have been electrocuted at Alpine Energy's Unwin Hut Substation at the entrance to Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. And it seemed likely at least a handful of other kea had died the same way, Department of Conservation community relations programme manager Shirley Slatter said yesterday.
For the full article as well as other past news articles, please visit our Kea in the News page
Melanie White, our membership secretary for the last few years, has now been succeeded by Kay Davidson of Hokitika who will also be taking over all of our administration and shop areas. Thank you to Melanie for all her hardwork over the years welcoming new members on board and maintaining the membership database. We have certainly appreciated your support!
We now officially welcome Kay on Board in her new role - thank you Kay for all your enthuiasm to date (and your great organisational skills)!
Help us to continue helping kea by becoming a member of the Kea Conservation Trust! Your membership will help us with our running costs and provide support to help secure funding. Al our members will receive a hardcopy of our annual magazine, Nestor notabilis free.
KEA EXPLORERS - each of our Kea Explorers will receive a members pack which includes the following:
If you would like to renew your membership or join up as a new member for the 2013- 2014 period, please visit our Support Us - Join Now page. If you are unsure as to your status, you may visit our Support Us - Members page to check or contact us via the contact details in the Menu.
Photo Credit: Vicky Nall
The 2012 edition of the Kea Conservation Trust newsletter, Nestor Notabilis, showcases all the KCT and local communities have achieved throughout the year with conservation of kea.
Many thanks to Whare Kea Lodge and Chalet (www.wharekealodge.com), who have funded the printing of this year’s publication. Thank you also to Paradigm printers for their layout and design.
This year has some great articles and stunning images from a range of contributors here and overseas – thank you to everyone who has made this year’s newsletter a success! Hard copies of this 28 page newsletter are available for $20 including p/p in NZ (add an additional $5 for overseas orders).
To view as an online interactive book follow this link
To view our past newsletters visit our Resources - Manuals and Papers page.
Receive our bi-monthly email updates FREE! Click here to sign up.
The Kea Conservation Trust bi-monthly updates are sent out free to everyone interested in kea. Our updates are loaded with kea information, research, sightings and photos and are sent out on the 1st of every second month (February, April, June, August, October and December each year).
Members are also available to view all past updates (loaded onto our members only pages on this website).
By Roland Kahurangi
Check out our great promotional video produced by Roland Kahurangi. This short video highlights issues facing kea and showcases some of the work that we do here at the KCT in collaboration with the Department of Conservation, university researchers, zoos and local communities. With beautiful footage of kea flying in the mountains and fascinating video of researchers working with birds, this is a must see!
Kids Kea Conservation DVD
This will be completed at the end of the year and will be posted onto our websites Kea for Kids page in the New Year. Thanks to everyone who has been involved with this wonderful project. In the meantime we have some great clips from the new video that have been loaded onto this page - so please check them out!
This page has a variety of links (inclusive of BBC series links), resources, and information on the broader human impacts on our planet which is updated on a regular basis.
These impacts affect all biodiversity on our planet and impact on fragile ecosytems such as alpine environments that species such as kea rely on to survive.
Well worth a look!
New This month
Three new short videos loaded:
a must see and a must share for all conservationists.
Also check out whats new on the Why Populations Count Facebook page and Why Populations Count - NZ website. This page will keep you up to date with discussions on the population issue and is regularly updated with photos, updates and links to overseas sites great sites around the world.
Whats your number? Find our how many people were on the planet when you were born! Follow the link then insert the month you were born followed by the day then the year.
We urgently need funding to continue our work with kea in 2013. If you or your organisation can help out with vital funding for the following projects, please contact us at the Trust (refer to the contact details in the menu to your left):
Funding needed for 2013:
Other items on our wish list:
For more information on each of these projects (on a regional or local community level) please contact us. Information on each project will be posted on our Kea Research Projects page soon.
The Kea Conservation Trust cannot achieve its conservation aims without the generous contribution of our sponsors and private donors.
Generous support from our sponsors has allowed us to begin an extensive research project to estimate numbers of kea remaining in the wild, prevent kea deaths through ingestion of human made toxins and to increase empathy and dialogue on the species.
However there are currently many more unanswered questions to serious issues which impact directly on kea survival and health.
If you can help out with funding to continue these conservation efforts , please contact us for a detailed prospectus.
We would like to thank our 2008 -2012 research sponsors and partners T-GEAR Trust, The NZ Lottery Board and Department of Conservation. We would also like to thank our donors; Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund, CMaG ARAZPA, Keystone Trust, Hubbards Foods Ltd, Wellington Zoo Conservation Fund, Hamilton Zoo Conservation Fund, Canterbury Community Trust and all other individual donors and supporters.
(For a full list of our sponsors and supporters, please visit our Support Us pages in the menu).
Year Round Monitoring of Kea - online form
Department of conservation and the Kea Conservation Trust are monitoring several populations of kea throughout the South Island. Your kea sightings can therefore provide invaluable information on where kea are, and if banding information is also supplied, where individual birds are.
Sightings may be sent in a number of ways:
Text – text the number of kea seen, their location and any banding information (colour and placement of bands) to us at 0274249594;
Email – simply send us a quick email with your sighting/s;
Post – print out a form from the website or write us a quick note and send to 83 Tanekaha Rd, Titirangi, Auckland 0604
We have 4 kea which have been fitted with satellite transmitters:
#68 - status active (since January 2012)
Chicken Little (#72) - status - not active (January 2009 - 2012)
Raglan Ranger (#73) - status - not active (January 2009 - October 2009)
Leppard (#70) - status - not active (September 2010 - 2012)
The batteries on Chicken Little and leppards transmitters have most likely run out.
Raglan Ranger on the other hand only transmitted information for 9mths. This means that his transmitter has malfunctioned, dropped off and been buried or the bird has died and is in an area where the transmitter cannot access a satellite passing overhead.
We are keen to hear of any sightings of these 3 kea and in particular Raglan Ranger:
Raglan Ranger (73)
His last known coordinates (October 2009) are near Conors Creek Hut - Mt Chittenden, (Lat -41.99377 Long 172.84841) and his bands are as follows:
Metal (Right Leg): 27-103420
Colour bands (Left Leg): Yellow/Pink
For details of our other satellite kea, please visit our Kea Research Projects - Satellite Tracking page.
Photo: Chicken Little (72) with his new satellite at Bushline Hut, Robert Ridge 2009. Photo credit: Corey Mosen
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