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Helicopter and crane rescue from the ice
5th January, 2014

Rescue Helicopter - AntarcticaTrust Chair, Kerry-Jayne Wilson, along with other scientists and passengers, have been rescued from their research ship after 10 days trapped by ice in Antarctica.  Read her update from the Australian ship, the Aurora Australis, here: 5 Jan 2014 rescue update

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Trust Chair and other scientists trapped in ice
26th December, 2013

Akademik Shokalskiy stuck in iceKerry-Jayne Wilson is among the team of scientists, other passengers and crew aboard the ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy trapped in ice in Antarctica.  The Captain issued a distress call yesterday and icebreakers are on their way to rescue the ship.  Kerry-Jayne sent her latest news on Christmas Eve.   (updated 30 Dec) Read more

Penguin Art Installation at Hokitika’s Driftwood & Sand
19th December, 2013

Abby on beach

The West Coast Blue Penguin Trust is planning for a bigger and better Penguinville experience during the Driftwood and Sand Festival 20-26th of January 2014.  Come along towards the end of the Summer holidays and check out all the fun penguin activities we will have on offer. Read more

Finding the balance – have your say on the RPS
15th December, 2013

WCRC have your say graphicThe West Coast Blue Penguin Trust was created in 2006 by West Coasters concerned at the level of seemingly unfettered coastal development.  Now, there is more understanding of the coastal environment and seabird habitat by local authorities, developers and the general public.  However, concern is being expressed by environmentalists as the West Coast Regional Council is proposing more use and development of the Coast’s natural resources in its Regional Policy Statement Review discussion document.  Read more

Report from the Sub-Antarctic
7th December, 2013

Sub antarctic route mapKerry-Jayne Wilson has just sent her report on Leg 1 of the Spirit of Mawson expedition.  She has been flat out doing bird counts with no time for blogging but you can read her report here: First Leg – A return to the Sub Antarctics.

National Radio – Insight Programme
25th November, 2013

Radion NZ's Philippa TolleyDuring the Conservation Inc community conservation conference in Dunedin last month, Trust Chair, Kerry-Jayne Wilson was one of those interviewed for yesterday’s Radio New Zealand  Insight programme, presented by Philippa Tolley.  The subject was “Changes at DOC” and you can listen here:

Blue Penguin Trust and DOC to Partner Tawaki Conservation
6th November, 2013

Tawaki or fiordland-crested-penguin

We have always wanted to expand our work to include other West Coast seabirds in particular Tawaki (Fiordland crested penguin), and that looks likely to happen next year. We are currently working with DOC to develop a multi-party partnership focused on Tawaki conservation.

Census Results Suggest Blue Penguin Numbers are Declining
6th November, 2013
Caelan Nichol at Siberia Bay Cape Foulwind Census 13

Caelan Nichol checking penguin prints at Siberia Bay, Cape Foulwind, Census 13

Blue penguin numbers seem to be declining on the West Coast according to the results of the eighth annual survey.  Where the same stretches of beach have been surveyed in both 2012 and 2013, penguin tracks counted were down from 397 to 338 this year. Weeks of stormy weather led to a worse than average season for penguins in 2011, and a lower penguin count in that year.


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Conservation Inc. Conference
31st October, 2013

WCBPT Trustees attended the “Conservation Inc.”  Yellow Eyed Penguin Trust Conference in Dunedin on 17-18 October. This 25th anniversary conference asked the question “What’s ahead for community-based conservation in New Zealand? 


Trustees at the Conservation Inc. Conference in Dunedin: Back row Tim Shaw (advisory Trustee) Helen Chambers (instrumental in setting up the trust) and Paul Elwell-Sutton (Trustee). Front Row, Reuben Lane (ranger), Kerry-Jayne Wilson (Chairperson) and Leon Dalziel (Trustee).















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Kerry-Jane delivering her talk at the conference.


Satellite Tracking for West Coast Penguins
31st October, 2013
Satellite Tracing for West Coast Penguins

A longer than average swim for a blue penguin; 90 k’s in just one day.

In a first for the West Coast, the West Coast Blue Penguin Trust has undertaken a pilot programme to see where little blue penguins go to find food.

The study will use Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) tracking technology to monitor the penguins as they head out into the Tasman Sea to find food for their chicks. Eight tiny GPS units were attached to blue penguins at Charleston in October and their foraging journeys can now be mapped.

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