#gkc2020Any excuse to post kererū photos. The Great Kererū Count 2020 is citizen science in action to monitor the overall national trends for kererū.
Kererū play a crucial role in dispersing the large fruits of our native trees. No other mainland bird is large enough to fulfil this function, making the species essential for forest regeneration. Information collected will be used to better protect kererū and to help save our native forests.
Timeline PhotosThe Great Kererū Count takes flight from today – so let’s get counting!
We’re asking for you to keep your eyes on the skies from the 18-27 September to assist with Aotearoa’s largest citizen science project. The Great Kererū Count is a primary method for gathering data on the abundance and distribution of the New Zealand pigeon — also known as kererū, kūkū or kūkupa.
Kererū are essential for the health of native forests, as the only bird found on mainland New Zealand that can eat and disperse the seeds of large fruits, like tawa, taraire and matai – and in a single day these incredible birds can fly up to 70km! For 10 days each year, thousands of Kiwis make observations about the presence or absence of kererū, their location and their behaviour and over the past six years have contributed to a total of 41,755 observations and 98,401 kererū counted!