On Westland Anniversary Day (1 December), a juvenile Fiordland crested penguin (tawaki) was found on Hokitika beach, in need of protection and tender care.
A dream for years, the seed of the idea germinated 30 months ago and today we launched the magnificent “Blue Penguins and Other Seabirds” education resource.
The Trust has been focussed on research and practical projects but now needs your help to maintain its work to better understand and protect penguins on the West Coast, and you can help this #GivingTuesday!
Become a supporter of the West Coast Penguin Trust today and your contribution will make a big difference.
The first Seabird of the year poll is underway and the Trust is campaign manager for the Fiordland crested penguin or tawaki!
Following a quick scan of the images from WCPT cameras within the Fiordland crested penguin (tawaki) nesting area at Jackson Head, it seems that there are plenty of possums and rats about.
The West Coast Penguin Trust has just embarked on an exciting new project to establish the predators that are contributing to the decline of the threatened Fiordland crested penguins.
The blue penguin census is a great opportunity to get out onto your local beach and get to know it a little better!
The West Coast Penguin Trust celebrated the symbolic closing of its 2.6km penguin protection fence on Friday with great pride.
Bugman, Ruud Kleinpaste will be guest speaker as the West Coast Penguin Trust joins other community conservation groups at two events to showcase their projects on 30th and 31st August.
|Scientific Name||Eudyptula minor|
|Common Names||Little Penguin, Blue Penguin, Little Blue Penguin, Fairy Penguin|
|Colour||Slate blue plumage; white chin, throat and shirt front; blue-grey flippers|
|Breeding range||New Zealand, Chatham Islands, Southern Australia|