The kaka from the south island have made an incredable come back in the Fiordlan forest folowing a pest eradication project.
In the mid 2000s the kaka in Waiutu forest there population was being ravaged by stoats and possums.Population surveys showed that males outnumbered females by an average of six to one.
However, a population sample was taken in December last year it shows a turn-around in the parrot’s futers with female kākā are rebounding and young birds on the rise again.
By controling the pests in the Fiordland National Park, has included localising traps and poisoning for stoats and possums. Planes have also applied 1080 over up to 30,000 hectares when pest numbers have been high due high to forest seeding.
Annual bird counts over 700 points in the forest also show an increase on other forest birds such as robin and kākāriki
The pest control programme was supported by the Waitutu SILNA and the Nature Heritage Fund, which contributed $1.7 million for pest control.