Whiteheads thriving in ark
Bold clear singing has extended the dawn chorus in the Waitakere Ranges.
Two releases of whiteheads (popokatea) – 98 of them – were made into Ark in the Park restoration area which covers the Cascades Kauri Park area.
There are now 155 of the songbirds there following their extinction in Auckland and Northland in the early 1900s.
However, four re-introductions from Tiritiri Matangi Island in the Hauraki Gulf initiated the start of an Auckland population. They are heard rather than seen as they occupy the middle of the forest canopy. Volunteers working for both Ark in the Park and Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi caught the birds on Tiritiri Matangi Island before releasing them into two sites in the predator-free Ark in the Park area last month.
Support has come by fundraisers including the yearly Concert for the Birds on June 15.
This year Jennifer Ward-Lealand performs her cabaret tribute to Marlene Dietrich.
The concert starts at 7.30pm at Glen Eden Playhouse, 15 Glendale Rd.
For concert tickets, contact 3611000 or email iticket.co.nz.
Go to arkinthepark.org.nz to find out more information about the open sanctuary.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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