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Connecting sites and people – you can help!
We are marking birds across New Zealand with small coloured flags. If you spot a tōrea with a flag, please report the sighting to us through email or to DOC’s banding database. This information informs us about the survival of individuals throughout the year, and which wintering and breeding sites are connected.
Following the wingbeats with the latest technology
A subset of individuals carry a small GPS-GSM transmitter that allows to follow migration and local movements. For the first time we are able to discover general migration routes and learn how inexperienced young birds make their first migration. We also learn how the timing of movement varies between individual birds and between years.
Early steps – how much does environment matter for reproductive success?
We are monitoring tōrea across two different types of breeding habitats (farmland and riverbed) to understand how those habitats influence the success of pairs in raising chicks and the chicks’ subsequent survival. Birds arrive on breeding grounds around August and start nesting, weathering the often harsh environments of upland rivers.