Wangapeka blue duck (whio) Security Site
Wangapeka blue duck (whio) security site
Departmment of Conservation
Kahurangi National Park
Conservation services for species protection
2013 - 2017
The client’s objective was to protect breeding pairs of blue duck (whio) throughout the Wangapeka, Fyfe, and Loadstone catchment in the Kahurangi National Park from pests such as rats and stoats.
Pest traps are placed throughout the catchment and require periodic re-baiting. Nelmac flew in five staff to this remote catchment to spend three days tramping many hectares to check, clean and re-bait 200 double-box traps.
Members of the team needed to be extremely fit, capable of working alone, and able to navigate through the catchment. While working they also made accurate recordings of the protected species.