The 315ha Sinclair Wetlands is an inspiring example of wetland restoration, resulting in an increase in habitat and biodiversity. Isolated sightings of kakariki such as this are likely from a remnant population or a transient visitor to the area.
At Dunedin Botanic Garden, there are a few red crowned kakariki for the purpose of advocacy. Previously, and in addition to red-crowned kakariki, there were yellow and also orange-crowned kakariki, similarly in an advocacy role.
At one time, many red-crowned parakeets had been released to establish a local population. Unfortunately, these likely did not survive locally due to high predator numbers present at a time with no active pest control.
Fast forward to the present day and pest control is very much a priority. There is a large network of traps throughout the botanic garden in partnership and part of a much larger project lead by City Sanctuary. With such a strong emphasis on pest control by so many groups and homeowners around Dunedin city, it will likely create a safe environment for biodiversity to thrive and one day soon we may see bird species such as kakariki return and become more familiar.
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