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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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Nest Checking at Charleston
19th September, 2013

Update on breeding season by Blue Penguin Trust Media Liaison Anna Hollings

Friday the thirteenth seemed like a very auspicious day to go out with Reuben on his nest checking rounds at Charleston, and we were certainly lucky with the weather. It was a beautiful sunny day and I even managed to get some good photos of adult penguins sitting on their nests that weren’t too dark and blurry.

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Blue Penguin highway death toll rising
4th September, 2013
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Look out for the penguin signs like this on the coast road.

A heart breaking sight greeted Blue Penguin Trust supporter and Fox River resident, Fiona McDonald last Sunday, yet another blue penguin road death.  To make matters worse, this penguin was one of just six counted in the area as part of the 2013 Blue Penguin census. Fiona picked up no less than three penguins killed on this stretch of the coast road last month, adding to the sad statistics for penguin road deaths.

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Kaniere School raises awareness
28th August, 2013

Kaniere leaflet image for webKaniere School students have been studying penguins and decided everyone else should know about them too.

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Miracle penguin
24th August, 2013

Injured penguin found on Revell Street, nursed back to health by Sonya Hughes and released 21 Aug 13Despite being feisty at the top, a little blue penguin that was found in Hokitika on Monday had a damaged bottom half and looked unlikely to survive the night.

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Trust volunteers recognised
13th August, 2013

Trustpower Community Awards LogoThe volunteers who have created, developed, driven and supported the West Coast Blue Penguin Trust were acknowledged this evening when they won the Heritage and Environment Award at the Grey District Trustpower Community Awards.

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It’s nearly census time
8th August, 2013

Fern Collings Davis September 2011 105 for web smallThe annual West Coast blue penguin census will take place between 22 and 26 August and we’d like you to be part of it!  (Photo: Fern Collings Davis of Hokitika Scouts points out penguin tracks)

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Coastal erosion threatens West Coast penguin habitat
19th July, 2013

dune erosion and penguin footprints July 2013 HokitikaMassive coastal erosion up and down the West Coast is dramatically reducing the habitat of little blue penguins and obstructing the rare birds’ access to their burrows.

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Trust looks beyond penguins to seabirds
3rd July, 2013

 Fiordland Crested PenguinThe Trust recently produced a smart new leaflet about West Coast Seabirds, introducing visitors and locals alike to the seabirds they might get a glimpse of on or close to our coast.  (Photo by Kerry-Jayne Wilson)

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Soggy dogs’ breakfast
26th June, 2013

Cruise the dog at the Dogs BreakfastMost dog owners in Hokitika received the message about keeping dogs under control in order to share the beach with penguins but they missed out on a fabulous breakfast!

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