Cold & wet spring kills hopes for kakapo breeding season14/12/2012 10:13:44 Poor rimu fruit harvest means just a few kakapo will nest this season
December 2012. Kakapo Recovery programme manager Deidre Vercoe Scott said indications from earlier in the year suggested a reasonable rimu fruit supply on Whenua Hou/Codfish Island this summer.
"We've spent the past few months preparing for up to 15 nests on Whenua Hou/Codfish Island, but the latest data from the island suggests we may be looking at only several nests this season. It is most likely that the record cold, wet Southland spring had stopped the rimu fruit - which female kakapo feed to their chicks - from developing. It is thought female kakapo use the availability of the fruit as a cue for breeding," she said.
67% decline in fruit abundance
As a result, plans to recruit volunteers to mind the nests had been cancelled, Ms Vercoe Scott said.
"Luckily, all is not lost. There are some trees with good supplies and, if they're located in a female's home range, we'd still expect some nesting to occur."
Supplementary food pellets