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Kiwi Conservation Volunteer Project, New Zealand

Organisation: WorkingAbroad Projects

Country: New Zealand

Type: Agriculture & Forestry, Environment & Wildlife Conservation

Kiwi Conservation Volunteer Project, New Zealand

Join this project and help to preserve the native forest and birds in a Nature Sanctuary located in an unexplored forest on the beautiful Kauri Coast, New Zealand. You can join for 2 to 12 weeks from January to March, each year.

Individuals, groups, students, all welcome.

This Nature Sanctuary is a privately owned native forest that is managed in cooperation with the New Zealand’s Department of Conservation (DOC) and the local regional council. The sanctuary consists of protected podocarpus forest that lies in a greater kiwi zone. The kiwi is an endangered native bird and protecting its habitat is quite important for its survival. The nature sanctuary is located away from the beaten path and it is suited for those interested to work in a remote, wilderness setting.

Native Forest Volunteering

You will be working in teams of up to six volunteers with qualified and experienced leaders carrying out a variety of conservation related tasks.

Work will focus on the completion of a grid network of forest trails that will be used for the control and the monitoring of the pests that harm the kiwis and the other native birds. The trails will be built according to the best practices published by the Department of Conservation and DOC advisers will work alongside the volunteers.

Work tasks will include:

• establishing the grid pattern
• marking the trails
• clearing and widening of the trails
• bait station installation and monitoring
• GPS trail mapping

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