Flight Path (Saving the Orange Fronted Parakeet/Kākāriki)
The Orange-Fronted Parakeet/Kākāriki is the rarest parakeet in New Zealand with less than 200 left in the wildCanterbury
This beautiful bird is located in the beech forest of Arthurs Pass National Parks and Lake Sumner Forest Park, out of the approximately 200 left there are four stronghold all within a 30km radius of each other. Their little known status mirrors their tiny population, which is close to extinction.
These brave little locals face a multitude of challengers if they are to survive, but their greatest threat is predation from rodents. Nesting in tree holes, the oranges-fronted kākāriki are easy targets for stoats and rates while possums also prey upon their eggs and nestlings.
'Flight Path' aims to raise funds to reverse their declining population in the hope that one day the oranges-fronted kākāriki will flourish again.
Flight Path has partnered with the New Zealand National Parks Foundation to independently hold and administer donated funds and provide independent assurance to donors.
Christchurch Helicopters' involvement (page creator)
In 2018, Christchurch Helicopters partnered with the Department of Conservation (DOC) to help conserve these small birds. Their programme involves fundraising with local businesses to raise the funds for pest control, captive breeding and population monitoring as well as transporting DOC's operations staff throughout the region using their fleet of helicopters.
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This page was created on 21 Feb 2019 and closes on 31 Dec 2019.