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Help albatross chicks at Taiaroa Head survive the El Nino summer this year!!! We need water, equipment and effort to keep them cool.

Albatross parents and chicks need your help in the 15/16 hot summer! Help Otago Peninsula Trust fundraise $5000 to assist DOC with El Nino effects on the Royal Albatross Colony at Taiaroa Head.

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Pukekura albatrosses are unique in that their colony is the only place where they can be viewed on mainland New Zealand

• The Northern Royal Albatross is a taonga species, valued and admired by all New Zealanders and international visitors

• Viewing royal albatrosses at Pukekura contributes to eco-tourism in Dunedin

• Chicks are unable to leave the nest

During periods of high temperatures, the adult birds and chicks can suffer from overheating and “fly blow or strike”

• This is an El Nino year, which can result in lower rainfall and higher temperatures during the summer months

• Because of this, the albatross chicks are likely to experience overheating while on the nest during the December 2015 – February 2016 period.

• To help mitigate the effects of overheating, irrigation spray nozzles are directed at the nests to provide cooling

• This requires additional water (currently trucked to Pukekura) as well as irrigation equipment and positioning and monitoring of the spray nozzles

Please donate and assist Otago Peninsula Trust, NZ’s First Private Charitable Trust established in 1967, with it’s projects to protect wildlife and heritage assets and share them with locals and their visitors.

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