Protecting hoiho and pakake – a BLAKE ambassadorship

Kia ora! Ko Wednesday toku ingoa. Nō England ōku tīpuna. I tipu ake au ki Tauranga, e noho ana au kei Tāmaki Makaurau. Kia Ora! My name is Wednesday, and I am one of this year’s BLAKE ambassadors! I am currently a Master’s of Science student at the University of Auckland researching the behavioural driversContinue reading “Protecting hoiho and pakake – a BLAKE ambassadorship”

BLAKE Ambassadors: Day One!

What an incredible few days we have had! Over the past few days Giverny and I have been getting some awesome hands on experience and have met some of New Zealand’s special taonga! This week we have been spending time with Department of Conservation staff helping out with some Yellow Eyed Penguin (hoiho) and NZContinue reading “BLAKE Ambassadors: Day One!”

BLAKE Ambassadors: A wee introduction

Kia ora! My name is Wednesday Davis and I am incredibly excited and honoured to introduce myself as one of the 2020/21 BLAKE Department of Conservation Ambassadors! A massive thank you goes out to BLAKE, Department of Conservation and the Yellow Eyed Penguin trust for making this opportunity possible. How did I find myself hereContinue reading “BLAKE Ambassadors: A wee introduction”

Not-so-creature Feature: A corpse flower!

This summer I am spending 3 weeks in Dunedin with the Department of Conservation and Yellow Eyed Penguin Trust. On my first day in Dunedin I spent my afternoon exploring the botanical gardens and got to visit the beautiful corpse flower! This rare giant, Amorphophallus titanum, in Dunedin is the southernmost flowering in the world! It’s rareContinue reading “Not-so-creature Feature: A corpse flower!”

Creature Feature: Little Blue Penguins

Meet the little blue penguin, also known as kororā, Eudyptula minor or the fairy penguin! These species are native to New Zealand and are also found in Southern Australia. These are the smallest of the penguin species and are primarily nocturnal, nesting in coastal areas and foraging within 25km of the shore. They are commonContinue reading “Creature Feature: Little Blue Penguins”

Day Two of Fieldwork

Day two of fieldwork here we go! What an amazing day we had out on the water. Today we were joined by Steve and Riley Hathaway from Young Ocean Explorers who were filming some awesome multi-species feeding aggregations in the Hauraki Gulf – Tīkapa Moana – Te Moananui a Toi. Today’s adventure started at 9amContinue reading “Day Two of Fieldwork”