When the Minister of Conservation speaks, we listen:
New Zealand’s rarest mainland forest bird, the kākāriki karaka/orange-fronted parakeet, is having its best breeding season in decades due to a beech seed bonanza, Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage said in Christchurch today.
Date: 17 July 2019 Source: Office of the Minister of Conservation
“It is great news that this year there are more than three times the number of nests compared to previous years,” she said.
“This year’s epic breeding provides a much-needed boost to the kākāriki karaka population.
We came to this news through the story below by National Public Radio (USA):
One of the rarest birds in New Zealand is having its best breeding season in decades, potentially doubling the population.
The orange-fronted parakeet, known locally as the kākāriki karaka, is in the midst of a prolonged mating season due to a beech seed bonanza, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage said in a statement on Wednesday.
“It is great news that this year there are more than three times the number of nests compared to previous years,” Sage said.
She added that at least 150 wild-born chicks have been born so far this season…
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