Urgent mission to save critically endangered shore plover population

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From the Manawatu Standard:

“Shore plover are critically endangered but progress has been made in establishing populations on four restricted access islands around New Zealand.

A desperate rescue mission to save an endangered bird species has been enriched by the successful breeding and hatching of three precious chicks.

The 32-day-old chicks were transported on December 7 from Pukaha Mt Bruce National Wildlife Centre to Palmerston North airport where they were flown to Auckland and then taken to Motutapu Island in the Hauraki Gulf.

The shore plover is in a perilous position with fewer than 200 left in the wild and a history of conservation efforts being hampered by rat infestations.”

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