Friday, 24 June 2011

OROKONUI ECOSANCTUARY

by Sue Hensley

Matariki events were popular and it was great to see lots of families at
Orokonui over the weekend, and many Bay people at the café for the inaugural
Sunset Rhythms. Stay tuned for the next one.

It's official – our fence leaks mice. One vulnerable point is the culverts.
Unfortunately there are 51 of these. The concreting and sealing of
the culverts will be time consuming and costly and will be done over
the next 6 to
12 months.

The most recent tracking tunnel round has mice tracking at quite a modest 5%
but the really good news is that rats are back to undetectable levels.

Biodiversity inside the fence is looking good. Robin pairs can now be
regularly found along with some saddlebacks, and kiwi sign is widespread up
at the top of the valley

The aviary is filling up with two suitors for our kaka Kleopatra to choose
from, two juvenile kaka in the other side ready for release this month from
the Invercargill Queens Park aviary, and subsequently another four for a
spring release.

Mr Roto is moving around the reserve and we have been sent some lovely
photos of visitors' close encounters with him.

CAFÉ HOURS CHANGE. The café is now open 10 – 4. The Visitor Centre remains
9.30-4.30. All day self-guided walking, guided tours and annual passes are
available. Keep up to date with events on Facebook and www.orokonui.org.nz.

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