Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Dead seabirds wanted

Plastic ingestion by seabirds is an issue of growing concern. As part of her PhD, Lauren Roman from Tasmania, will be visiting New Zealand in September to dissect dead seabirds. If you find fresh seabirds (petrels, shearwaters, mollymawks, storm petrels, prions) please put them in your freezer. For larger birds, it may be possible to freeze just the crop and gizzard.

 Any queries, please get in touch with our Beach Patroll organiser Lloyd Esler esler@southnet.co.nz or phone 032130404. Nearer the time, Lloyd will arrange for either Lauren to visit you or for the specimens to be freighted to Invercargill.

Thank you for your cooperation in this important research project.