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.
LATEST NEWS & UPDATES
4th December 2019 – Alison Ballance and her Podcast on the Pacific Golden Plover project
Broadcaster, writer and conservationist Alison Ballance visited the Centre during the catching and recorded a podcast for Radio New Zealand’s Our Changing World series. Here is her interview with the team and story – Tracking Pacific Golden Plovers around the world.
3rd December 2019 – Meet the New Kuriri Explorers
Learn about the 3 latest Kuriri who’ve been caught by the team of banders and fitted with transmitters for their next migration Read here for more details.
23rd November 2019 – Flung Scarf of Wrybill – Kirsten Strom, inspired by the synchronised flight of the wrybill flock, composed this moving piece of music. The trio Orbit, young members of Auckland Philharmonia, performed Kirsten’s music for us. The audience was so moved Orbit were asked to play the piece again. Her piece has been enhanced by the brilliant videography and editing of Johan Kok www.wildimages.co . Please enjoy!
23rd November 2019 – JoJo is Still Broadcasting – Our team of volunteers is about to assemble to try to catch seven more Pacific Golden Plover so we can fit them with satellite tags and hopefully fill in all the blanks in what we know about their life cycle. So it seems appropriate that today the last of the three birds we caught last time to be still broadcasting, the indomitable JoJo, has sent another message from the same field on Tongatapu just south of the town of Vaini where he’s been for the past few weeks. You can read more here about this southern migration. Visit our Where’s Goldie? page for all the updates and project information.
Follow the Kuriri on Google Earth
You can watch with us as we follow the Pacific Golden Plovers on their journey up to the arctic to breed and back to us in summer. Download Google Earth and use the interactive maps to see exactly where the Kuriri are. Read more here.
Where are our birds now?
Here’s an overview of where the three Kuriri are on their migration.
|23 April 2019||Left Pūkorokoro Miranda|
|2 May 2019||Guam, Micronesia (c7,500km flight)|
|20 May 2019||Okinawa, Japan|
|26 May 2019||Shandong, China|
|7 June 2019||Heilongjiang, China|
|21 June 2019||Siberia|
|5 July 2019||Lake Selawik, Alaska|
|9 August 2019||Yukon Koskokwim Delta, Alaska|
|19 August 2019||Aleutian Island Chain, Alaska|
|21 August 2019||In flight back to Yukon Koskokwim Delta, Alaska|
|14 Sept 2019||Yukon Koskokwim Delta, Alaska|
|12 April 2019||Left Pūkorokoro Miranda|
|20 April 2019||Arrived Honshu, Japan (9,990km flight)|
|16 May 2019||Left Japan|
|19 May 2019||Yukon Koskokwim Delta, Alaska (4,740km flight)|
|2 August 2019||Kinak Bay, Alaska|
|14/15 Sept 2019||Left Alaska|
|25 Oct 2019||Teraina, Kiribati|
|22 Sept 2019||Tongatapu, Tonga|
|8 April 2019||Left Pūkorokoro Miranda|
|16 April 2019||Arrived Honshu, Japan (c9,000km flight)|
|17 May 2019||Honshu, Japan|
|23 May 2019||Siberia|
|29 May 2019||Yukon Koskokwim Delta, Alaska|
|8 Sept 2019||Last tracked in Alaska|
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