Our Burrow Buddy team is ready!

Oi are back! We’ve yet to confirm numbers, but we can confidently say that there are parents sitting on eggs in Whaingaroa. How amazing that we can have seabirds raising their young right on our doorstep.

Duncan and Shelley making notes. During weekly burrow checks, we look for feathers, poo and popsicle sticks at the burrow entrance that, when pushed down, indicate that something has entered the burrow.

Duncan and Shelley making notes. During weekly burrow checks, we look for feathers, poo and popsicle sticks at the burrow entrance that, when pushed down, indicate that something has entered the burrow.

The Oi parents will share care of their single egg and, soon, fluffy chick. At times, the egg or chick will be left alone in the burrows, as the parents head out to sea to feed. For the next six months, we’ll be focusing our efforts on keeping these chicks safe through oi monitoring, community education and predator control.

We’ve trained our 2019 team of Burrow Buddies. What is a burrow buddy? That’s what we call our Oi Monitoring team. They keep an eye on all of the burrows using non-invasive methods including field cameras and what Nic calls “the sniff test.” Oi have a distinct, and strong, odour that helps us to determine which burrows are occupied. Unfortunately, this is also what helps lead predators to the nests. To protect our Oi, we’ve doubled our predator control in our whole project area. This means double the amount of volunteer hours, so we’ve recruited a lot of new people to our team. Follow our Facebook and Instagram to meet the people that make up the Karioi Project.

And in exciting news, we’ll soon be announcing our Adopt-A-Burrow scheme and auctioning off a chance to hang out with our species dog, Rua. So stay tuned Karioi supporters!

Burrow Buddy team photo! Shelley, Kate, Kylie, Duncan, Nic and Bexie. Rock It Cafe is well placed for our morning tea breaks

Burrow Buddy team photo! Shelley, Kate, Kylie, Duncan, Nic and Bexie. Rock It Cafe is well placed for our morning tea breaks

Rebecca Towle