Pukawa Wildlife Group
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
The Pukawa Wildlife Management Trust consists of a small number of dedicated residents who check rat and stoat traps on a weekly basis in the settlement of Pukawa on the shores of Lake Taupo. The group have also established a comprehensive network of rat bait stations to assist in keeping rat numbers at a low level during the bird breeding season.
Trap lines have been placed throughout the bush around the settlement and surrounding areas with the aim of protecting bird and plant life, and in doing so bringing back the birds.
Kereru and Tui in particular are seen in increasing numbers, feeding in Pukawa back yards and tall trees. The group, which relies on WCEET as a major sponsor, also work to protect the rare mistletoe and green hooded orchids which can be seen growing on the edges of the walking tracks.