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We're proud to share with you some of the highlights from our Dotterel Defenders project.
Interactive Training Workshop
The Project kicked off with an interactive training workshop at Fitzroy Beach, where 20 community volunteers learnt about dotterel behaviour, predators and threats, and how to load sightings into nature watch online.
On a wild and windy coastal day, a big crew of volunteers descended on Rahotu beach for our first field event. Rahotu is a known breeding site for NZ dotterel, but a number of threats make breeding and life in general difficult for the little birds. A network of 40 traps were put in place a long time ago, but were in a state of disrepair. Thanks to the TRC for getting these up and running again for us!
We were lucky enough to spot 4 NZ Dotterel hanging out in the rocks - check out the sighting in Nature Watch here. We collected 90kg of rubbish off the beach, checked the newly refurbished predator traps and tracking tunnels, and conducted a coast blitz!
All topped off with a hot green meadows saussie, primo!!
The Ngati tara Sandy Bay Society do a great job of trapping predators at Sandy Bay with support from DOC and TRC. This is super important for looking after the special wee animals that hang out there - including our friends NZ dots!
At our field event, we collected over 150kg of rubbish from the beach, helped check the traps and tracking tunnels,
The Dotterel Defenders set out to raise awareness and help to support this awesome mahi. Our event included planting 300 native species in partnership with the Taranaki Regional Council. We trained community volunteers to check the predator traps, did a bit of a beach clean (there wasn't too much to collect!) and did a coast blitz along the way.