Located only an hour from Auckland the Pūkorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre is an excellent stop to escape the city and have a look at some of New Zealand’s amazing birdlife. With nearly half of the population of the endemic Wrybill found at Pūkorokoro Miranda during part of the year, and with numbers of shorebirds often exceeding 10,000 the coastline is almost a mandatory stop for any birdwatcher passing by.
NEWS & UPDATES
The talented Johan Kok from Wild Images has generously offered to help us create a documentary about our new project to find out where our 4th most common Arctic migrant, the Pacific Golden Plover, go when they leave us in Autumn. We will be observing their habits so we can catch them in February 2019, fit them with transmitters and follow them via satellite.
Watch Johan’s great first video of the series, introducing our project. To learn more about the birds, our project and stay updated, visit our Project Page.
New Chairperson Elected
We would like to welcome Will Perry to the role of Pūkorokoro Miranda Naturalists’ Trust Chairman. Will is eminently qualified for the role having been our secretary for the last 18 years. He succeeds Gillian Vaughan who stepped down in May after serving in the role for 8 years.
The Secret North Korea Stopover
A team from the Pūkorokoro Miranda Naturalists’ Trust have been travelling to China and North Korea for several years to survey the shorebirds in the Yellow Sea. This year they were followed by Mark Crysell and a TVNZ crew who brought us a closer look at their efforts to survey the birds in an area that very few people have an opportunity to see. Here’s the coverage of the latest trip:
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From Amanda, our shore guide: “I just saw the broad-billed sandpiper at the Stilt Ponds! Also loads of banded Dotterel here now – just started..
The Pacific Golden Plover Project is reaching the “fingers crossed” stage. A team of volunteers, led by JoJo Doyle, has been monitoring the birds..
There has been the odd visit from a tuturuatu,shore plover, to Pukorokoro Miranda over the years. It was always a very special occasion, we hope..
Tomorrow, 6th February, is Waitangi Day. We are very fortunate to have a Te Reo speaker, Amanda, as our shore guide this year. This is a bit..