It’s that time of year again when we sit out in the dark and listen out for those precious kiwi we’ve been working hard to protect!
The monitoring method involves recording all kiwi calls heard over a 2 hour period on four nights. Special dates are chosen each year by the national Kiwi Recovery Group, to coincide with the darker phases of the moon, as kiwi are thought to call less during a full moon.
The dates for 2023 are:
First window: 9th – 28th May, 6 – 8pm
Second window: 7th– 26th June, 6 – 8pm
Please let your local DOC or Kiwi Coast Coordinator know if you’ll need help covering your sites so we can provide support and assistance.
Good luck to all listeners! Keep warm and keep safe – always let someone know where you are listening and what time they should expect you home or hear you’ve made it back safely.
Don’t forget that the new Kiwi Coast Listening App is now available to help make this task a lot easier. Remember to download this and have a run through before you go – and take the standard listening form with you too as a back up! Training workshops are available to help if needed – let us know if you are keen.
If you use Kiwi Listening Devices instead of human listeners, be sure to book these as soon as possible with DOC, Kiwi Coast or NRC so we can help get them out to everyone and rotate them around the sites in time.
Just get in touch if with DOC or Kiwi Coast if you need more help with this or any aspect of Kiwi Listening in 2023.