NZ falcon conservation

There is something majestic about birds of prey. In New Zealand there is one remaining endemic raptor, the karearea or New Zealand falcon, and their numbers are steadily declining. In fact the native falcon is now rarer than most species of kiwi and it is estimated that less than 3000 remain today.

The Malborough Falcon Trust is a volunteer-run charitable Trust dedicated to the conservation of the karearea (New Zealand falcon) in Malborough and nationwide.

NZ Falcon in vineyard

The Marlborough Falcon Trust believe that heightened public awareness is critical to ensuring the conservation of the karearea. In 2013 the Trust visited over 3000 Marlborough school students, attended numerous festivals and shows such as A&P and REAP and provided public and private advocacy talks to interested parties.

The Marlborough Falcon Trust works closely with DOC and other organisations to conserve this native raptor as there is no nationwide funded program for the falcon at present. It is therefore important that local communities and businesses get behind this great cause.

And that’s why Trinity CCTV is pleased to be able to help with a security camera system as part of a sponsorship with the Trust.

NZ falcon chick

The most exciting part is how the CCTV cameras will be used. The cameras are installed in the aviaries and directed towards the nesting barrels. This allows the eggs, chicks and adults to be monitored without intrusion during this critical stage of breeding.. We can-not wait to see the first images and will post an update to this page as soon as they become available.

In the interim if you would like to learn more about the Marlborough Falcon Trust find them at:
Their website: www.mfct.org.nz
Or like them on Facebook: Marlboroughfalcons

Interesting karearea facts

  • New Zealand falcons were once found throughout New Zealand, they are now mostly confined to the high country – due to the impact of human activity and the introduction of predators, they are no longer widespread
  • When born the chicks are blind and totally dependent on their parents for food, warmth and shelter. By 12 days of age they develop a thick grey down which keeps them warm while the parents hunt for food. By 35 days old, chicks are fully grown and have most of their flight feathers.
  • A karearea’s eyesight is 8 x better than humans
  • They nest in scrapes on the ground making them an easy target for feral cats and other land predators such as stoats, rats and even hedgehogs
  • In flight New Zealand falcons can reach speeds of over 200kph!
  • By nature the New Zealand falcon are natural hunters , preferring to eat food they have caught themselves and almost never eat  carrion (it is more likely to be a hawk munching away on roadkill). Research shows they favour introduced bird species as well as some small mammals like mice and even rabbits.
  • The New Zealand falcon features on our $20 note.
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