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The Great Annual West Coast Blue Penguin Count 2017
2nd October, 2017

Lucy Waller finds penguin tracks, Sept 2016It’s back and it’s better!  The penguin count took a break last year, but it is back and you can help by taking a morning walk on your beach and recording any penguin tracks or other penguin observations in the NatureWatchNZ (iNaturalist) app.

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Collaboration and partnerships for tawaki
4th September, 2017

Fiordland crested penguins, Jan 2006, Open Bay Island Inger (low res)The West Coast Penguin Trust and The Tawaki Project have been working together for the past three years and have recently formed The Tawaki Coalition to present a single voice for tawaki to our new conservation partners, Wellington Zoo and Taronga Zoo (Sydney).

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Blue penguins feature for Year 10
15th August, 2017

NZ curriculum logo croppedWith input from the Trust, Buller High School senior science teacher, Erica Jar, has developed class notes for the Year 10 ecology curriculum that focus on local wildlife – blue penguins.

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Study into the effects of artificial lights on seabirds
12th July, 2017

Westland petrel, nzbirdsonline, Patrick Shortley cWhile light pollution is a growing concern around the world, a wide ranging three year study funded by the European Union, including a “global review of seabird mortality in relation to land-based artificial lights” has identified ways to minimise the negative effect of artificial lights on penguins and shearwaters. Read more


Why are penguins black (or blue) and white?
29th June, 2017

Penguins of Madagascar snip penguin camouflageThe long standing theory of penguin camouflage is debunked by scientist Dr Thomas Mattern in an excellent blog and video article.

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Annual Report celebrates progress for penguins
23rd May, 2017

Gari as a juvenile penguin cThe West Coast Penguin Trust bases its conservation work on sound science.  That science continues to underpin improved understanding of the threats facing penguins and seabirds in the region for improved conservation management, and the Annual Report, published today, updates readers on all of our projects.

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Penguin enthusiast shares Antarctic experience
12th May, 2017

Emperor penguin sliding - Helen Armstrong March 2017Helen Armstrong recently travelled to Antarctica with Heritage Expeditions. They offer people under 30 scholarships each year so that younger people can experience a place that very few people visit. She shared this report and some photos about her trip earlier this year.

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Gari the penguin prepares to fly to Sydney
3rd May, 2017

Gari, tawaki or Fiordland crested penguin at Wellington Zoo's The NestA nationally endangered tawaki or Fiordland crested penguin named Gari, is heading to Sydney to live at Taronga Zoo, after receiving care and treatment at Wellington Zoo’s Veterinary Hospital, The Nest Te Kōhanga for over two years.

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Variability in the foraging range of blue penguins
2nd April, 2017

2016 map from Proupart et al study April 2017 NZJoZThe little or blue penguin Eudyptula minor is primarily an inshore forager generally feeding within 30 km of breeding sites during the nesting period.  The Trust’s GPS foraging study is part of a wider research project and results have just been published.

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Summer newsletter with penguins and seabird news
14th February, 2017

penguin love cartoon picFor Valentine’s Day, here’s our latest newsletter sharing our love for penguins!

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