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Volunteers feeding tītī chicks at Boundary Stream (Photo by Natalie de Burgh)

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Volunteer opportunity at Cape Sanctuary's Kotahi Shore Plover aviary

shoreploverThe Cape Sanctuary are seeking volunteers to join our team at the Kotahi Shore Plover aviary at the Sanctuary out at Ocean Beach. Classed as Nationally Critical, these awesome little birds are currently found only on a few predator-free islands in the Chatham Islands and around mainland New Zealand. It is one of the world’s rarest shorebirds. For more information on tūturuatu.

The aviary is a joint initiative between the Cape Sanctuary and DOC. In partnership with Kotahi, the country’s largest export supply chain collaboration, the Cape Sanctuary, a significant wildlife restoration programme at Cape Kidnappers and the Department of Conservation, opened the Kotahi Aviary to provide New Zealand’s third tūturuatu/shore plover captive breeding facility.

The East Coast Hawke’s Bay Conservation Board, Te Tairāwhiti ki Te Matau-a- Māui, recently visited the Kotahi Shore Plover/tūturuatu aviary and the Cape Sanctuary at Ocean Beach highlighted the plight of the tūturuatu and efforts to stop this species from becoming extinct. A media release from that trip is available.

Details of the job:
- Morning and/or afternoon feeds
- Observations
- Daily cleaning and husbandry

Each ‘shift’ is made up of the following
- Prepare the food
- Feed out
- Visual health checks of the birds using binoculars
- Breeding season monitoring
- Stream and aviary cleaning
Each shift can be completed in ~3 hours. AM feed arrival by 8.30am and PM feed after 3pm in summer, Winter there is just one shift a day (before 12pm).

You need:
- Your own transport to the aviary
- Good standards of containment to prevent predators getting in/birds getting out
- Must be comfortable working on your own, unsupervised (manager can be reached by phone, reception is patchy on site)
- Your own wet-weather gear and gumboots (optional but recommended)
- Be confident in moving around space with small birds and possibly their chicks that are very camouflaged!

Full training provided.

If you think you might enjoy helping with the tūturuatu please contact:

Rachel Ward
Shore Plover Captive Breeding Facility
193 Ocean Beach Road, HASTINGS
Mob:+64 27 548 9566


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