Monday, 8 September 2014

Orokonui Ecosanctuary

by Sue Hensley

With waxeyes and bellbirds singing in the mornings it feels as though spring may be round the corner and we look forward to the reopening of the ecosanctuary café under new management Friday 23 August.

Another event looked forward to is the visit of the Conservation Ambassador Sirocco. He is the only spokesbird in this role and has a worldwide fan base. He has his own Facebook page, Twitter account and website ( He will receive audiences from 19 September to 5 October at Orokonui Ecosanctuary.

The field staff have been busy putting out all 1350 tracking tunnels baited with peanut butter to see what animals come in to eat. Fantastically pleasing was that no mammal pests were recorded. This means that for the last two years either no or extremely low levels of mouse prints have been recorded.

While doing this monitoring work Elton also conducted an informal saddleback/tieke survey and recorded 33 individuals including 17 jack birds over just two sessions. Regular walkers down the Saddleback Valley track are also reporting sightings.

For information on Sirocco the kakapo’s visit and other events visit or Facebook. Visitor Centre and cafe open daily.

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