Brown teal numbers increase in Fiordland
Seventy-four endangered brown teal/pateke were released into the Arthur Valley on the Milford Track on Thursday 21 February 2013 as a result of a new Great Walk conservation initiative between the Department of Conservation and Air New Zealand. The pateke release is part of the wider Air New Zealand Great Walks Biodiversity Project – a $1 million dollar conservation initiative that aims to restore bird life and habitats along DOC’s Great Walks, including the Milford Track. As well as funding the pateke release, the Air New Zealand Great Walks Biodiversity Project is supporting increased predator control along the Milford Track. The density of stoat traps along the track has been doubled over the past few months and possum and rat control is being established in part of the Clinton Valley as well.
Posted on: Sunday, 3 March 2013