Picton Dawn Chorus - Restoring our birdlife together.
Picton Dawn Chorus is a community conservation project aimed at restoring native wildlife in Picton-Waikawa through controlling introduced mammalian predators (particularly rats, mustelids and possums). This will also create a halo around the Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary. The halo will provide additional safe habitat for native birds and prevent the re-invasion of predators in to the sanctuary.
The project includes both urban trapping (in residential gardens) and trap lines established in the towns reserves and bush areas (checked by a large team of volunteers).
Picton Dawn Chorus is a community organisation that was established to restore native birdlife in Picton and its surrounds. It was set up in 2013 by a group of enthusiastic volunteers who were initially involved with successful trapping and monitoring on Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary. They recognised the need to create a predator-free Halo’ to protect birds flying out from the Sanctuary. Their goal is to protect an extended geographical area for native birds to thrive in; with a target ‘halo’ area of 4,500ha. Their vision is for Picton and its surrounding areas to be Predator-Free by 2030.
The immediate focus is to concentrate the group's efforts on protecting the Victoria Domain and the Wedge (both a short flight from Kaipupu for native birds), along with the surrounding Urban areas of Picton/Waikawa.
Your donation will help us to
- buy traps, trap boxes and lure (we do not use any toxins).
- buy other equipment (monitoring equipment, stationery, batteries etc)
- employ a coordinator