This year we will be holding two candling courses : one specifically for those kiwi practitioners working in the field and one for those working in incubation facilities. Due to the intensive and practical nature of the course, both workshops are restricted to a maximum of 24 participants.
The field practitioners course held on the 30th of November will introduce those people working with kiwi in the wild to the skills necessary for successful egg candling. This course is designed for field staff & volunteers whose groups are part of the Operation Nest Egg program. Principles for the successful handling and transportation of kiwi eggs will be discussed, as will procedures for decision-making in the field and the use of egg/chick timer transmitters. Each participant will have the opportunity to practice the candling techniques outlined in the course, and to review and discuss the course material. The course will provide an excellent opportunity for people working with kiwi throughout the country to meet and discuss their own personal experiences with egg candling and egg timer transmitters.
This two-day workshop held over the 1st and 2nd of December is specifically designed for those people working with kiwi in facilities that participate in the Operation Nest Egg programme. With this course focusing on both the practical and theoretical aspects of kiwi egg candling, kiwi embryo development and hatching. This course will provide participants with the tools to candle, incubate and hatch kiwi, as well as troubleshoot potential issues that may arise throughout that process.
This initiative is part of the Kiwis for kiwi Operation Nest Egg Programme.
It is conducted with the support of Kiwis for kiwi and The National Kiwi Hatchery, is facilitated by Claire Travers and Emma Bean and hosted at the National Kiwi Hatchery at Rainbow Springs, Rotorua.