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Precious Westland petrels need our understanding and protection
16th June, 2016

Westland petrel. Photo: Rod MorrisA new report concludes that many threats remain for Westland petrels, which only nest in a few colonies near Punakaiki. (Photo: Rod Morris)

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A year of penguin and seabird action
11th June, 2016

tawakiThe West Coast Penguin Trust’s Annual Report has just been released and is full of action and progress over the past year.

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New and original penguin t-shirts
7th May, 2016

Giselle west coast penguins t-shirt design March 2016Artist, Giselle, has kindly created a very original design, which has been printed on ‘Genuine Gildan’ shirts, selected for their environmental and ethical approach to their manufacturing operation.

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Westland petrel videos
2nd May, 2016

Westland petrel.  Photo: Rod Morris The Westland petrel is generally only seen at dusk near the breeding colonies south of Punakaiki but in a couple of videos, you can see them land, burrow and nest in the forest in the Paparoa National Park, as well as Te Papa scientists conducting their research into the foraging habits of these well-travelled seabirds.

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Seaweek beach and art activity with Hokitika Primary
29th March, 2016

10 Penguins on the beach map rDOC arranged for Seaweek field trips and art activities for a number of schools between Cobden and Haast, including a penguin inspired day with Hokitika Primary School children recently.

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A few days in the life of a tawaki family
10th March, 2016

Snip from video - tawaki JH03 Sept 15The Trust’s ‘pre-predator control’ monitoring project in South Westland is producing a fascinating insight into the day to day existence of our rare Fiordland crested penguins.

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Clarification on Cape Denison Adélie Penguins
19th February, 2016

Adelie-Penguin-1 from topimages.orgThere has been some misreporting of the Adelie penguins research paper mentioned in a facebook post earlier this month, some saying that 150,000 penguins have died.

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Iceberg B09B killing Adélie penguin colony
6th February, 2016

Adelie, Commonwealth Bay, Aus GeographicTrust Chair, Kerry-Jayne Wilson, is lead author of a report published this week in the journal Antarctic Science, which concludes that the Cape Denison colony could be wiped out within 20 years.

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Stark contrast for Fiordland v South Westland penguins
3rd February, 2016

2015-09-15_3 Tawaki and chick at Jackson Head (Tawaki Project - Thomas Mattern)The Tawaki Project team have found stark contrasts in the foraging habits and breeding success of tawaki (Fiordland crested penguins) when comparing colonies at Jackson Head and Milford Sound.

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Penguin education workshop inspires teachers
2nd February, 2016

Greymouth penguin education workshop 9 Dec 2015 - Zoe Watson presentsEleven teachers from Greymouth attended an inspiring workshop led by environmental educator Zoe Watson, giving them food for thought as they planned their 2016 programmes.

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