Stage one – stocking kōhanga
Step two – monitoring kiwi

Using telemetry gear to track 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.

Narrowing down a kiwi's location using telemetry gear

Narrowing down a kiwi’s location

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.

Tracking kiwi on the Coromandel

Kiwi conservationists enjoy some stunning scenery on good days. And get very cold and wet on bad ones!

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.

=> Step three – lifting the eggs.