The Abel Tasman app is a free smartphone app with up-to-date information on weather, tides, points of interest, history, plants, wildlife and walking times in Abel Tasman National Park. It has a map with geolocation – so you always know where you are!
Four whio were released in Abel Tasman National Park for the first time last week in a bid to establish the threatened birds there.
Project Janszoon and DOC have been helping the Air New Zealand Greenteam get into the spirit of Conservation Week at Totaranui.
The Abel Tasman National Park’s future is looking bright according to the next generation of environmentalists.
The Project Janszoon Conservation Education scholarship aims to support former ATYA (or SAB) students to pursue relevant development opportunities. The Scholarship is worth $1,000.
It was only a few years ago that experts were predicting kiwi would become extinct on mainland New Zealand and now they are considering returning them to the Abel Tasman.
We are looking for a committed and energetic person to provide input to the DOC/Project Janszoon education programme and help maintain and further develop school and student-group partnerships that promote conservation in Abel Tasman National Park.
Kākā are one of the noisiest and most sociable birds in the forest and Project Janszoon is working on different ways to increase the numbers of these charismatic native parrots in the Abel Tasman.With a beech mast predicted for 2019 we are looking at taking kākā eggs from the wild, hatching them in captivity, and then releasing them into the park.
Birds and snails in the upland areas of the park are going to enjoy two consecutive years of low rat numbers, thanks to last year’s aerial predator control.Monitoring results show that, in August this year (nearly a year after the October aerial predator control operation), rats above 600m altitude were still tracking at less than 10%. Experts say this is a level below which native bird species will be largely relieved of predation pressure.
The eroded hills behind Anchorage and on Motuareronui Adele island are not what nature intended. What we should be seeing is a low forest of kanuka, along with hard and black beech. Instead, fire events over the last 200 years (sometimes planned, sometimes not) have left exposed ridgetops ripe for colonisation by introduced weeds like hakea. Restoration supervisor Helen Lindsay updates us on the beech planting project aiming to bring beech back to the hillsides.
Project Janszoon is delighted to launch two Abel Tasman “Toolboxes” designed to give locals, visitors and education providers access to expert advice, activities and helpful information about visiting the Abel Tasman National Park.
“If you can see the birdlife that’s come back in five years, can you imagine what it’ll be like in 30 years – you’ll be tripping over them.”
Phil Armit, DOC senior hut warden
“If you had a Project Janszoon for every national park in New Zealand the whole challenge of biodiversity that we have now would be far, far less.”
Martin Rodd, DOC partnerships director
“Project Janszoon are doing an awesome job in our rohe, we are really supportive and hugely grateful for everything they have done, and are continuing to do.”
John Ward-Holmes, Manawhenua Ki Mohua
“My biggest joy is working with volunteers as they recognise the social, physical and emotional rewards of assisting with conservation projects”.
Helen Lindsay, Restoration Supervisor