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Great Kererū Count takes flight this week - Let's Make Kereū great Again!

Posted 17 September 2018 by Gold FM in Environmental

The Great Kererū Count is NZ’s biggest citizen science project. The project is all about community participation through citizen science. Citizen science is the collection and analysis of data relating to the natural world by members of the general public, typically as part of a collaborative project with professional scientists. The annual count has been running for 4 years.

Everyone in New Zealand can get involved with the Great Kererū Count, whether people see any kererū or not, sharing observations will help build up a clearer picture of where the kererū live, how many kererū there are, what they are feeding on and most importantly how best to protect them.

Kererū are protected birds and endemic to New Zealand. Kererū numbers today are much lower than the flocks reported from 50-100 years ago. Despite this, they do not have formal threatened status. This means that the Great Kererū Count is the only centralised data gathered to monitor the overall national trends of this significant bird.

Kererū play a crucial role in dispersing the large fruits of our native trees such as tawa, taraire and matai and many more. No other mainland bird is large enough to fulfil this function, making the species essential for forest regeneration.

Information and data collected from this nationwide citizen science project will be used to better protect kererū and to help save our native forests.

To take part visit www.greatkererucount.nz/how-to-count/

The kereū in the photograph was snapped in a tree in Baker Street, Waihi a couple of weeks ago.