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Penguins, science and history combine in climate study
27th November, 2016

ll15-184-kerry-jayne-wilson-leading-light-awards-night-2015Trust Chair, Kerry-Jayne Wilson, is one of many contributing authors to an important scientific paper using tree-rings and both past and recent weather records to analyse climate variation in the New Zealand sub-Antarctic region since the 1870’s.

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Year round NatureWatch replaces census
26th September, 2016

NatureWatch butterfly logoOnce a year for the past ten years, the West Coast Penguin Trust has been inviting you to take an early morning walk on the beach to count blue penguin tracks, but now you can record penguins or their tracks quickly and easily at any time of year through NatureWatch.

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Trust Patron receives Forest & Bird’s top honour
18th September, 2016

Craig PottonConservationist, photographer, publisher and Patron of the West Coast Penguin Trust, Craig Potton has received Forest & Bird’s highest honour with his naming as a Distinguished Life Member in recognition of more than four decades’ service to conservation.

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Predators and penguins
13th September, 2016

Reuben Lane, Trust RangerPredator Free NZ recently interviewed our Ranger, Reuben Lane, about predator control for penguins on the Coast.

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Tumbleweed Tees for Tawaki!
11th September, 2016

Tumbleweed tees close upTumbleweed Tees have created a stunning Fiordland crested penguin or tawaki image for their tee shirts and will donate $5 to the Trust for every adult shirt sold.

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Include a Charity Week
5th September, 2016

West Coast and Coast RoadInclude a Charity’ launched in NZ last year and this year their annual campaign runs from 5 – 11 September.  Its aim is to raise the profile of charitable gifts in Wills and provide an opportunity for charities like ours to convey their importance.

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Fiordland crested penguins everywhere
31st August, 2016

Skinny tawaki 3 July 2016A curious and perhaps worrying thing has been happening in recent weeks.  Since 3 July, and after months of not seeing any, nearly 20 tawaki have turned up on beaches between Okarito and Karamea.

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New penguin brochures inform and invite support
19th July, 2016

Giselle illustration 2 from brochure June 2016With wonderful and generous assistance from Giselle Clarkson and Jase Blair, West Coast Print, and sponsorship from DOC, we have published two new leaflets to raise awareness of our two penguins and to encourage and seek support for the Trust’s work.

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What prions are and why we should care
10th July, 2016

Fairy-Prion-Whangaroa-July-2014-Les-Feasey-small-393x590Fairy prions are the most beautiful tiny, pale blue and grey seabirds, a cousin of the albatross.  Sadly, they are commonly washed up on our beaches and Alan Tennyson of Te Papa has investigated.

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Southside penguin mortality increases
3rd July, 2016

Fiordland crested penguin dog kill showing wound Southside 3 July 2016 Following the killing by dogs of two blue penguins at Southside, Hokitika, last year, a Fiordland crested penguin was killed there yesterday, also by a dog.

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