Counting kiwis

5 June, 2012

Changing the sound card on a kiwi recorder in the Rimutaka Forest Park - credit: Edward Abraham

Simon Morton spoke to Stu Cockburn from the Department of Conservation and Edward from Dragonfly about their project monitoring North Island brown kiwi in the Rimutaka Forest Park on This Way Up, Radio New Zealand National. Susan Ellis from the Rimutaka Forest Park Trust was also interviewed.

Remote digital recorders in the area collect huge amounts of data, and Dragonfly are working on software to help identify the kiwi calls. The idea is that the calls will be able to be extracted, and then verified by a human listener, using a web interface. The archive of calls will be used for the long term monitoring of the reintroduced kiwi population.

Listen to the podcast here.