Endangered Snares Island snipe doing well in new home14/01/2013 22:21:51
Snares Island SnipeMainland population wiped out by introduced predators
January 2013. Newly released Snares Island snipe are doing well in their new home on predator-free Codfish Island/Whenua Hou after their recent transfer.
New Zealand Department of Conservation staff on Codfish Island/Whenua Hou report regular sightings of the birds following the second-only transfer by DOC from the subantarctic Snares Islands recently. According to manager of outlying islands, Pete McClelland, this bodes well for establishing a new breeding population.
"The birds are settling in well and should be ready to breed next spring and summer, "he said "We're excited about the prospect of this new population improving the chances of survival for the species."
Wiped out on mainland by rats
30 birds relocated
"This is great example of the Department and commercial enterprise working together," says Mr McClelland. "The film crew get their wildlife programme and we get to do our important work with species under threat. They were enthralled by what we were doing. They even took time out from their project to film ours!"
The previously transferred snipe, taken from the Snares to Putauhinu Island off the south-west coast of Stewart Island in 2005, have grown to an estimated population of over 500 birds
It is hoped that these newly established populations brought from the subantarctic islands will ensure the survival and genetic diversity of the species.
The transferred snipe on Codfish Island/Whenua Hou will continue to be monitored, with DOC staff on the look-out for un-banded fledglings next summer.