Report a Penguin or Seabird death
Together with DOC, the Trust maintains a mortality database. This has been instrumental in identifying the most dangerous sections of SH6 for little blue penguins and highlighting the issue of loose dogs.
If you can tell whether it’s a juvenile or adult, that will help, and please add any other comments you think could help or be of interest. A photograph would also be good – use the form below.
Autopsies and DNA sampling
Autopsies and DNA sampling are also adding to the Trust’s knowledge about penguins. If the bird is fairly fresh and you’re willing to collect it (if it’s convenient and safe to do so), it would be a great help if you could either deliver it to the nearest DOC office or keep it in a freezer until it can be collected. Using a couple of plastic bags and clearly labelling the contents, location (be as specific as possible – grid ref, GPS location, or distance from a ref. point, etc.) and when you found it, plus your name and contact details. Place the label inside the outer of the two plastic bags.
Injured penguin or seabird emergency
If you find an injured penguin or seabird please contact your local DOC office (during office hours), or afterhours on the DOC emergency hotline 0800 DOCHOT (0800 362 468).
- Kawatiri/Westport Office
- Paparoa National Park Visitor Centre
- Māwhera/Greymouth Office
- Southern West Coast District Office (Hokitika)
- Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre (Franz Josef)
- Awarua/Haast Visitor Centre