Hello and welcome to The Arthur's Pass Outdoor Education Blog Spot.
We hope you find this site useful as an informal update to what is happening at the Lodge, or prehaps to find out a little of what goes on here before you come! Please see our website for formal information regarding the lodge at www.apoec.org.nz
Pictured is a Great Spotted Kiwi/ Roroa (held by Finn).
At the lodge we have a male Kiwi living in the bush out the back. Kiwi can often be heard at night in the village, but they are almost never seen, as they are nocturnal and very elusive!
Here Finn is holding a stoat (pictured eating a Kakareke). Stoats love to eat our native birds, as well as birds' eggs. In Arthur's Pass Village a number of local volunteers trap stoats, so that Kiwi and other important and rare native birds have a safe place to live.
This is what the stoat traps look like. On top is a squashed stoat. That's one less predator for our local Kiwi!