Bush Haven would like to thank Precision Panel & Paint for their generous donation recently. This will help feed our birds over the winter and especially the two juvenile kereru we have at present.
On Tuesday, 5 April the two female kaka, Izzie and Mabel flew to Nelson courtesy of Air New Zealand with one female from Te Anau, Mighty Whitey. On arrival at Nelson they were transferred by helicopter to an aviary near where they will eventually be released into the Abel Tasman Park to live free.
On Wednesday, 6 April the two male kaka, Daithi and Mack were taken by car to Orokonui Ecosanctuary, and released into the holding aviary there. Later in the week they were joined by four more males, from Dunedin Botanical Gardens and Te Anau, and when ready the staff will release all six young males together.
We are privileged to be able to assist the wild population of South Island Kaka and hope all our birds live safely to old age.
In 2015, local builder Greg Barlow contributed his labour to re-roofing and rebuilding walls and doors in one row of aviaries at Bush Haven. Greg enjoyed working here with the sound of the birds around and we certainly appreciate what you did for Bush Haven, Greg. Thankyou.
For several years now, the Southland Community Trust have sponsored part of our operational costs. Last year, 2015, they also paid for the majority of an upgrade of one row of aviaries, both re-roofing and fitting new walls and doors. Thankyou SCT.