Protecting Kererū






The year kererū gained total protection
The number of years kererū can live
The number of eggs laid per clutch
The total number sighted in The Great Kererū Count 2016


Look at the size of the tail on this kererū (0.0) It was climbing its way through a large tawa tree hunting out ripe tawa fruit. Not many yet, but in a few weeks these trees will be covered in them and kererū 🙂

Kererū are the only NZ bird still living which can disperse tawa and other seeds from similarly large native fruits, our forests would look very different without the help of this key species. Once a seed passes through the kererū it gets coated by a special enzyme that protects it and helps with germination. In fact if you look at mataī seeds these can take years to germinate in a nursery environment whereas once through the kereru’s system the seed will start to germinate within weeks.

The fruit of the tawa is said to have a turpentine flavour. Early māori would put the tawa berries in water, trample them and then steam the kernels for more than 12 hours. These would then be dried and used at a later date, often ground down to make a flour. The berries were also dried and stored, then before using they would be soaked in water and placed in a hangi for several hours until they were soft again ready to be eaten.
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Here it was perched in a coprosma preening itself after being feed. ... See MoreSee Less

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I was greeted by another young shining cuckoo today. The grey warbler on the left was busy collecting caterpillars to feed its giant oversized baby. ... See MoreSee Less

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Someone didn't get much sleep last night due to the 150km/h winds in Wellington during the "explosive cyclogenesis" 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

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Possum alert for anyone in Miramar, Wellington. ... See MoreSee Less

Possum time! We need you guys to be our eyes and ears for the peninsula and please share with your local friends and neighbors! We have found what is now confirmed to be possum scats in the Scorching Bay Domain. The size of the pellets suggests that it’s not a young possum. Bait stations have been re-serviced (as per routine) in Maupuia Reserve over the ridge, but with plenty of food supply, pohutukawa flowering, ripe fivefinger, fuschia and coprosma, it’s quite possible that the possum will not be interested in bait or traps. While Regional Council is aware and taking a close interest in the area, further action really depends on further information at this stage. Please help and share this post and help keep Miramar free of possum...

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That time of the year again. If you have Karaka trees around where you live make sure you keep a close eye on your dogs while out walking them. ... See MoreSee Less

Dog owners, please be aware of Karaka tree berries whilst walking your four-legged-friends this summer. Throughout the warmer months (January – April) the berries ripen, turn orange and fall off the trees - these berries can be FATAL if eaten by dogs. Although these are a staple in the diet of the native Kereru (Wood Pigeon), the kernels in the fruit contain the alkaloid karakin, which is very toxic if ingested by other animals. Signs of Karaka berry poisoning include weakness, vomiting, confusions and convulsions. These symptoms can be delayed by a day or two, so even if they are not displaying symptoms yet, if you are have any concerns that your pet may have eaten any please seek veterinary treatment immediately. The trees themselves are quite distinct and easy to spot; they have thick dark leaves and can grow up to 15 metres with the berries turning a bright orange colour during fruiting season. These are native trees are a vital food source for Kereru so we advise that if you have spotted any in your local area, to keep your dog on the lead or take them to an alternative location for a walk. [image cred:]

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