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Fairy Tern News
  • February 15, 2022

10 chicks fledged in total.

7 from Mangawhai
1 at Papakanui
2 hatched in Auckland zoo and were raised in the aviary in sand dunes near

This is great news! By now they will be getting confident with catching their own fish and with parents will soon be ready to migrate to the Kaipara harbour where they go for the winter.

Thank you to the closely knit team who help to make this possible. Department of
Conservation Rangers and Scientists. Zoo staff.
Dedicated volunteers at Waipu, Mangawhai, Pakiri and Papakanui.
Not forgetting the trappers who work in all weathers most of the year at all the sites. Without them the birds would not have much chance.