As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday 26 January 2018

Roadcone-moving kea get gym to distract them away from traffic

A partnership between the Department of Conservation (DOC), Downers NZ, University of Canterbury and the Kea Conservation Trust has enabled a kea gym to be built near the Homer Tunnel in Fiordland National Park.

A kea gym offers the birds several objects they can play with or take apart to distract them from danger or causing damage.

DOC partnerships ranger Sue Streatfield said the idea to establish a gym at Homer Tunnel in Fiordland came after rangers were looking for a way to get kea away from the road.

On regular visits to Homer Tunnel, rangers would find kea wandering all over the road as traffic waited to go through the one-way tunnel to Milford Sound.


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