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.

Monday, 3 June 2019

Home-coming for rare rowi

MAY 17, 2019 7:32 AM AEST
These seven rowi, or Ōkārito brown kiwi, were all wild-hatched on predator free Mana Island and are part of a kiwi kōhanga initiative.
The initiative began in 2012, when juvenile rowi were transferred to Mana Island to establish a breeding population. The juveniles were selected for their genetic diversity, safeguarding the main rowi population, and have gone on to breed a second generation.
A predator free island and Scientific Reserve, Mana Island was identified as the ideal sanctuary for a satellite population of rowi and kōhanga site.
“Rowi were once widespread across the South Island and lower North Island. They haven’t been in the north for well over 100 years, so having chicks hatch on Mana Island – a habitat well suited to their species – was pretty special,” says Jack Mace, DOC Kapiti Wellington Operations Manager.
“It’s exciting that we’ve reached a point where some of these rowi can be released on the mainland, while Mana Island continues to be home for a small population.”

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