Year 9 & 10 students from Dunedin schools that were selected to attend the Tracking Pukekura Blue Penguins programme are today putting together the Penguin nest boxes that will soon be placed in the Pilots Beach reserve were little blue penguins thrive since full protection and monitoring starting in 2012. Thanks to Otago Participatory Science Platform there is no cost to the students or the school.
Over the next six months some of the questions students will be investigating include: How many pairs are nesting at Pilot’s Beach? What is their annual breeding success at Pilots Beach? What husbandry or species management opportunities can be gained from having accurate data on individual penguins?