Rainy Creek Ecological Restoration Project

 

 

Extinct South Island Kō​kako Last Sighting at Rainy Creek

In December 2013 the NZ Ornithological Society reclassified the South Island Kōkako from “Extinct” to “Data Deficient” because several possible sightings of the bird were verified and accepted. There is a slim chance that this unique bird exists today at Rainy Creek – it was last heard here in 2007.

Forest and Ecosystem Health

In 2004, OceanaGold Ltd began predator control in the area as a mitigation agreement with the Department of Conservation for the Globe Hill gold Mine. In 2008 the company moved out of pest control at Rainy Creek and in 2015 the mine closed. The predator control programme was deemed successful so it makes sense to renew efforts in the area.

Rainy Creek - Victoria Forest Park

The original predator control area covered 1100ha from the boundary of the Globe Hill Mine, down the Inangahua River and Lost Creek to the East, and Yorkey Creek to the West. Predominant vegetation is mixed beech and podocarp forest with many mature forest specimens. Also present are mistletoe including a banded host tree. The bird species that benefit are robin, tom tit, tui and bellbirds as well as yellow head/mōhua, wood pigeon/kererū, morepork/ruru (owl), weka, kākā and kākāriki (parrots). Long tailed bats and the green gecko are believed to be here as well.

Our Project Needs Helpers – Want to lend a hand in an outdoor role?

This project is coordinated by Forest and Bird volunteers with help from Department of Conservation. We can always use helpers on the ground and experienced volunteers are happy to teach and support new volunteers in the field. Weekly or casually you will be contributing to improved forest health as well as your own fitness and sense of accomplishment in this beautiful forest park.

We’d love to hear from you!

email Brenda Kaye: brenda.k@slingshot.co.nz