Saturday, 26 August 2017

Keeping tabs on Canterbury's increasingly rare kea

Have you seen Atawhai? Beryl? Maybe Hopey or Windscreen? They all like mountains, flying and the colour green.

They're kea, they're endangered and they're all on the new online Kea Database.

Laura Young, Mark Brabyn and George Moon – or the Arthur's Pass Kea Team as they like to be known –have worked on the database for some months. Now they're pleased to let it fly.
"People like interacting with kea, they like taking photos with them, they like feeding them, even though they shouldn't," Young said.

She said encouraging people to become citizen scientists and log kea sightings would promote interacting with the bird "in a more meaningful way".

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