Parrots

Even Keas hate gay solar energy

Keas hate green energy projects too.

A band of seven kea have been kicked out of a Christian campground in Kaiteriteri for continuing bad behaviour.

Four kea from a mob of seven were caught with net guns on Thursday and shifted to the Rainbow ski field area in Nelson Lakes.

Last month a group of six kea causing chaos in the beach settlement were shifted to Canaan Downs.

Department of Conservation kea expert and Kea Conservation Trust worker Corey Mosen said the birds usually dispersed on their own, but the campground was “too entertaining” to ignore.

He thought their home territory was located in native bush slightly uphill from the motor camp.

“They were just coming into the campground and chewing on anything that got left outside.

“They were upsetting everyone.”  Read more »

Where are the Greens when you need them?

DoC are the biggest proponents of 1080, and with reason I can understand that for possum control.

They are however zealots and would like to carpet bomb the whole country to kill every animal in the bush, including goats, pigs and deer. This is the reason they drop only deer strength 1080 and refuse to put repellent on the bait despite stating on every single permit that the targeted species is possum.

They love 1080 but now they are killers.

The Department of Conservation says five out of 39 monitored kea have died of poisoning during the first field study using a bird repellent in an aerial 1080 operation near Otira.

DOC has been trialling repellents after a number of kea deaths from 1080 poisoning. In 2008 seven died in the Franz Josef and Fox Glacier area, and in 2011 seven more died at Okarito.  Read more »

Stupid is as Stupid Does, Ctd

NZ Herald

I’m not sure what sort of stupidity blessed the boy who thought chucking rocks at a kea was a good idea…but it looks like he got away with it:

A 12-year-old boy who caused outrage when he killed a kea on a school ski trip has handed over the dead parrot and apologised to conservation authorities.

But the Christchurch boy will not face any further action after he and his school pledged to help conservation efforts to protect the endangered mountain parrot.

The Chisnallwood Intermediate School pupil horrified classmates and teachers when he picked up a rock and hurled it at the kea, killing it instantly on a trip to Canterbury skifield Porter Heights last Friday.

It is believed there are fewer than 5000 kea left in the Southern Alps – the only place in the world where they are found.

School principal Richard Paton – who has described his pupil’s actions as “mindless” – met the boy, his parents and Department of Conservation (DOC) staff today.

Hmmm the one he chucked the rock at is really endanegered…its dead parrot.