Kids Restore the Kepler
Imagine a 3000 hectare prime piece of habitat made safe for NZ birds, insects, lizards and bats. Imagine a brilliant reserve that happens to also be one of Aotearoa's Great Walks. And now imagine that the driving force behind this remarkable restoration project is the next generation of New Zealanders!
Kids Restore the Kepler is a major conservation project with a difference. As well as having conservation goals seeking to restore birdsong in the area, the project also has a strong education focus. The project aims to help Fiordland's young people, from pre-school through to college, develop knowledge, values and skills so they can be confident, connected and actively involved in caring for their environment.
Working in conjunction with partners, sponsors, businesses and the community, Fiordland's young people intend to be the kids who restore the Kepler!
Photo: Venture Scouts accompanied by Pete Barrow and Pete McMurtrie (DOC) having a well earned rest from placing 472 trap boxes across a 3000ha area. Before the traps were set, they were 'pre baited' to draw in resident stoats to using the tunnels as a food source. Some were caught on hidden cameras:
Read the baseline bird monitoring report (PDF, 6.02MB)