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Located only an hour from Auckland the 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 Miranda during part of the year, and with numbers of shorebirds often exceeding 10,000 the Miranda coastline is almost a mandatory stop for any birdwatcher passing by. Visit the Shorebird Centre and find out what birds are around, stay with us for a weekend escape from the bustle of the city or join us for one of our regular events.
Our next event: Closed for a week.
The Shorebird Centre will be closed for a week from Sunday 23rd August to allow the floor to be sanded and re-varnished. We apologise for any inconvenience, we will reopen on Tuesday September 1st. However you can still come and see the birds from the hides. High tide on 23rd is 1pm.
World Shorebird Day.
The World Shorebirds Day is a celebration. Shorebirds, those extreme migrants, as well as people, who do the most for them, are celebrated each year, on the 6th of September.
What’s been happening
Almost at journeys end.The Bar-tailed Godwit were flying low over the dunes of the Dutch Waddell Sea when they encountered the mist nets set by a group of researchers. The birds had just flown 4,300km non-stop from West Africa. The inconvenience was brief, a blood sample was taken and they were released.Surprisingly analysis showed that their state of hydration was exactly the same as that of birds who had been feeding on the mudflats for two weeks, having arrived earlier. Water is lost with each exhalation. Metabolic water is released when fat reserves are used. Any shortfall can be made up by "burning" protein which releases 6x as much water as fat, but this protein has to come from living tissue, like muscle and gut, a delicate balance. This research team was led by Theunis Piersma who is coming to Pukorokoro Miranda to help us celebrate the Year of the Godwit. Hear him speak on 29th at 11am. Thanks Keith Woodley for the artwork.
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Miranda Shorebird Centre added 2 new photos.
Just a reminder that the Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre is closed this week. Open again 2nd Sept. It is unusual to see our place being so empty but we are getting ready for the rest of the "Year of the Godwit". First a re-varnished floor and then some new furniture. We are looking forward to our next international speaker. On October 4th Lee Tibbitts. will join us to "Welcome the Birds" and the return of the Arctic migrants. http://www.miranda-shorebird.org.nz
The Pied Stilt sinks to mid tarsus in the soft mud in front of the hide as it side swipes the thin surface layer of bio-film.
Miranda Shorebird Centre added 3 new photos.
World Shorebird Day on 6th September is just a couple of days before the NZ Dotterel Management course which has been held at the Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre for many years.This wonderful sign, full of information and artwork, tells of the conservation work for this shore-nesting species. Things have changed since this sign was erected at Aotea on the west coast of the North Island in 2011. 13 birds were fledged in this area over the 2014-15 breeding season.