Stage one – stocking kōhanga
Step two – monitoring kiwi
When a kiwi has been fitted with a transmitter, it is monitored by the local kiwi conservation group. This generally involves going into the bush every two to three weeks at the beginning of the breeding season to keep track of where the kiwi is, increasing in frequency as the breeding season goes on to perhaps once or twice a week.
Monitoring is often done by volunteers, who use specialist tracking equipment to detect the signal being sent by the transmitter and identify where the kiwi it. It can be hard work, tramping for hours through dense bush, often scrambling up and down steep hills, and in good weather and bad.
Kiwi don’t have a fixed nesting site unless they are incubating so finding when teams find a kiwi that isn’t moving around between monitoring trips, it is a good indication that it may have an egg or two.