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Research

Kea Field Ranger Training Programme
06 Sep 2021
A large proportion of our work is field-based, in the harsh South Island landscape which kea call home. To be able to do this work safely...
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Perth Catchment (ZIP research site) - kea monitoring
24 Dec 2019
In early 2018, Zero Invasive Predators (ZIP) attached transmitters to 31 kea in the Perth Valley. This was part of a study looking at kea mortality...
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Milford Track Kea Initiative - investigating the health and status of kea on the Milford Track
24 Dec 2019
Ultimate Hikes has been identifying and removing lead from huts on the Milford Track since 2018 to minimise the impact of lead on kea in Fiordland....
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NZFOA - Banding of Kea in Plantation Forestry Estate
13 Sep 2019
Funded by NZFOA ($8,800) While kea are known to live and breed throughout South Island Conservation Estates (National Parks etc), little is known about kea in...
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Murchison Mountains kea monitoring
03 Jan 2019
Funded by the Nelson Family (in loving memory of Mike and Jean Nelson), Nga Whenua Rahui, Wellington Zoo Conservation Fund, Denver Zoo, Association of Zoos and...
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Community driven kea monitoring in the Stuart Mtns - Fiordland Wapiti Foundation Blocks
04 Apr 2018
Funded by Paradise Valley Springs, Clever Kiwis, Denver Zoo, "Name a Kea" donors and Nga Whenua Rahui This multi-year project is building on the Community –...
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Fiordland Kea Sightings Project
16 Dec 2016
Supported by the Fiordland Wapiti Foundation (FWF) and Paradise Valley Springs. The Fiordland Wapiti Foundation (FWF) is supporting kea conservation by encouraging their members, to return...
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Mt Aspiring population and nest monitoring
06 Oct 2016
Funded by Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund. Equipment funded by Craig Butcher. Supported by DOC Wanaka. This project aims to develop a community kea catch trip, survey and...
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Trialling of a surface bird repellent to deter kea from interacting with human objects
16 Jan 2014
Funded by Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund Kill traps and some bait delivery systems, used to control mammalian pests, may be directly responsible for keas deaths(through their...
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Trialling of a bird repellent to prevent kea strike on sheep
16 Jan 2014
Project Background Conflict between kea and New Zealand high country sheep is an on-going issue which prior to protection being granted to kea in the early...
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Predator Control - Rotoiti kea nest protection programme
28 Nov 2013
The Rotoiti/Nelson Lakes Nest Protection project has been running since 2012 and continues today.   On this page you will find the following: Results of nest protection...
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Population Surveys
22 Nov 2013
Funded by the NZ Lottery Grants Board and DOC The Kea Conservation Trust has been running kea population surveys each year since 2009. These surveys are...
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Nest Monitoring
22 Nov 2013
Funded by Dulux and Wellington Zoo Conservation Fund The Kea Conservation Trust has been monitoring kea nests since 2009. The initial reason for monitoring nests was...
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