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Published: 2004-09-30 00:00:00

Environment Waikato has granted $4800 from its Environmental Initiatives Fund for a survey of populations of the endangered blue duck.

The Tongariro Natural History Society intends to survey rivers in the Tongariro National Park, Kaimanawas and Tongariro Forest for populations of the endangered bird. The information will be used by DoC’s Blue Duck Recovery Team and will be repeated in a few years to determine population trends.

Blue duck or whio are nationally endangered and rapidly declining in many areas of New Zealand. A conservation strategy has been recently launched for the birds in the central North Island to secure a minimum population of 30 interrelating pairs.

Strategic Development Manager Kevin Collins said the project was an example of on the ground work that would advance Environment Waikato’s goal of protecting biodiversity in the Region and of multi-agency partnership to achieve goals beyond the capacity of any one group.