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 sightings (and zero sightings) of kea during the month long Wapiti ballot each year. A total of 450 hunters head out each March – April, in some of Fiordland’s most remote wilderness areas covering over 200,000 hectares of backcountry mountains and valleys.
The information collected will help us ascertain where kea are (and aren’t), what the make up of kea in the area is (juveniles versus adults), provide possible re-sightings of banded birds and help us make decisions on where to focus our conservation efforts in the future.
Thank you to the FWF for their support and Paradise Valley Springs for connecting our organisations with local hunters and development of the reporting cards.
To log your own kea sightings, South Island wide, please visit our Sightings page.
During this first kea sightings effort, we received over 200 days worth of presence/absence data. These can be visualized on an interactive map of the Wapiti blocks (developed by KCT volunteer, Isaac Bain).