Wild about NZ Wildlife
Tui Nature Reserve Wildlife Trust have been involved in the breeding of native species like Yellow Crowned Kakariki, Giant Weta, to be released back into the wild.
The Predator Free NZ 2050 initiative will create a huge demand on the release of native species in those newly created predator free areas. For this reason we designed a modular system for relocatable aviaries. Those aviaries are suitable to release native species in the preferred area and will increase the success of the release programme.
The Department of Conservation has found that releasing birds in new areas are more successful by having the birds stay on site, in aviaries for a few weeks, after the release they will still be fed for a while until the birds are settled into their new area.
This is called the 'soft-release' method.
To bring back native species like Kakariki (that are unlikely to return without re-introduction) is the reward for many projects after all the hard work done to reach a predator free status.
What conservation problem are you trying to solve?
The demand on wild species (genes) will rapidly grow and we are depending on wild stock on offshore sanctuaries protected by the Captive Management of Wildlife Act. This Act acknowledged (1.5 principles,6) that collection of animals for ex situ programmes must not be allowed to threaten eco systems or in situ populations. The survival of those vulnerable species is also threatened if the predator free status on those islands is breached. New populations on the mainland are crucial for NZ.
How are you going to solve this conservation problem?
To breed new populations in captive management with the collection of limited numbers of wild species, will fit the Wildlife Act to protect healthy populations on those sanctuaries. The release and re-introduction of native endangered species into predator free areas on the mainland will be vital for their survival and spread the risk.The re-locatable housing will save cost for other projects, increasing the survival rate and will open study and research opportunities.
The modular design is easily assembled, transported and re-located. Durable materials will guarantee a long life expectancy.The unique design has also options to adapt the housing for winter and summer conditions to solve problems with sunlight and shelter. The living space and flight-path can also be adjusted for the particular specie inside.To protect the gene pool, partnerships have been formed with other breeding facilities.
What makes your idea new and unique?
The re-locatable and modular concept will reduce cost for other projects as they will only need the aviaries temporary. The cost savings will attract and inspire more projects that are working on the ultimate goal to (re)introduce native species like Kakariki in their project, but are working with a limited budget. By using the modular system it will be easier to adept to local conditions and provides opportunities to observe and study, to make sure the reintroduction will be a success.
Who will use your idea, and how will they benefit?
We will provide the re-locatable aviaries to DOC approved projects. It will reduce cost and time as the projects don't have to build permanent aviaries on site and have a greater chance of success to establish a healthy population of birds that will grow overtime.
What tasks or activities do you need investment for? How would you spend a $25,000 grant?
The grant will be used to purchase materials to build the first re-locatable modular aviaries.
Are you a New Zealand citizen or resident?
List five other ideas posted in the challenge that excite you. Why?
The Forest Bridge Trust, great to involve the next generation
Christopher Wingate, extremely important that env. work is protected from all levels
Inge Bolt and Celvin Nature Internet, new technologies are vital for success
Lizard Tales, creating awareness regarding lizards and what we can learn from smaller areas
How could you improve your idea?
Learning from the feedback and e-mails we are realizing that the aviaries needs to be easy to transport (North Island).
Stress for the birds was mentioned several times and we are well aware that this is important. However we are looking at a modication of the design (feeding area).
The survey we initiated under projects in the top of the South Island, key findings will be added with more info from new incoming projects