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
Join us this summer as we start a 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. To learn more about the birds, our project, updates and how you can help us 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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This very photogenic kotuku (white heron) has become a regular visitor to Widgery Lake at the Shorebird Centre. It is easy to see why this species..
Around Pukorokoro Miranda the effects of the 5th January storm surge are becoming less visible. Hay has been made on the paddocks that were flooded..
The water level in the Stilt Ponds has fallen recently due to drier weather. Our longer legged shorebirds are now returning to the ponds. These..