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 31 August 2018

Birds of a feather flocking together - and DOC wants people to stay away

The Department of Conservation is investigating putting up signage to warn people about critically endangered black billed gulls which are nesting on the banks of the Upukerora River near Te Anau.
The Department of Conservation will investigate putting up signage to warn motorbike riders, four-wheel drivers and dog walkers that they risk disturbing a critically endangered bird.
Black billed gulls look to be preparing to nest beside the outlet of the Upukerora River which flows into Lake Te Anau in Fiordland.
But DOC senior ranger biodiversity George Ledgard said the birds might be scared from the area by human activity or predators, and he asked visitors to the area to be cautious.
"We're trying to get some proactive awareness out there and we're talking to Environment Southland about what can be done.
"There is no signage there at the moment and I'm looking into that but we currently don't have the budget for it."
That meant that people using the area were "probably unknowingly" disturbing the birds, he said.
"It's an awareness issue so it's hard to tell people off for something they don't even know they're doing.
"It's a really popular for people to go four-wheel driving, ripping around on their motorbikes, walking their dogs or fishing and a gull is a gull to them, but as native birds that have lived there, they have the priority.
It was possible that the birds would move to a new nesting site.

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