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 the plantation forestry estate, which often borders large tracts of native forest.
Banding (and potentially putting transmitters) on kea at these sites would give opportunities to look at the potential value of plantation forests to the conservation of this threatened bird. Plantation forestry covers a large portion
of the South Island, and utilising the large number of crew, who have eyes and ears in these areas is immense. It would also marry well with the kea work that is being undertaken on the Conservation Estate.
Key questions that may be answered over time by banding kea at forestry sites:
- Where are these birds moving to?
- Do we see the same kea in the same areas over time?
- Is there a pattern to their movements?
- Are the same birds responsible for causing trouble at harvest sites?
- Are kea nesting in or near forestry sites?