The broadcast is made possible by Groundtruth. Paekakariki-based, this company provide advice and technical support for the management of forests, vegetation and ecosystem resources. One facet of their work is keeping track of native bird counts through the provision of remote monitoring stations to landowners, local authorities, and others – with many now in place in the lower North Island.
With the support of the Department of Conversation and Ngati Toa, they were able to set up one of their listening stations on Kapiti Island which supplies a live audio feed to the radio station 24 hours a day.
Listen carefully and will hear the beautiful sounds of many, and sometimes very rare, species including Kokako, Korimako (Bellbird), Tui, Kaka, Kakariki and Weka. At night you will often hear the Little Spotted Kiwi, Weka and Morepork.
See the What Bird? website for more information (with audio samples) on New Zealand bird species.