Hello friends and family
I hope you enjoyed Christmas and broke out of habits even if just a little! I was spoiled – 7 for Christmas lunch and then Merran and Sue arrived to share some time and discuss bird health. Sue reminded us not to underestimate the issues around poor nutrition and that was very helpful and reassuring that we have behaved responsibly, intervening with our penguin chicks.
And so, 2018 comes to an end. What a year! It started with 14 penguins dead from Malaria – a disease that had not been identified during my previous 16 years and so it was devastating. The team rallied around, and we determined to minimise the impact of this disease on Yellow-eyed penguins at Moeraki, to the best of our ability.
We have spent the winter preparing, reading, up-skilling and building. Everyone in the team, plus many more have stepped up and done the extra to get us to the point where we are confident that scale of die-off will never happen here again.
All we need is for the weather to be on our side and all will be well.
Enjoy the rest of the holidays and may 2019 bring you joy and happiness.