Kepler Challenge birdsong project

In 2006 the Kepler Challenge Organising Committee entered into a partnership with DOC to establish and maintain stoat traps around the length of the Kepler Track. Whio/Blue Ducks, Kiwi and many other birds inhabit the area and their survival is greatly increased through these trapping efforts as has been shown in many similar programs throughout New Zealand. Using a proportion of runner entry fees the Kepler Challenge Organising Committee will maintain the stoat traps it has established around the length of the Kepler track. If you'd like to help on the next trap-checking run please contact us. It's a lovely walk!

What's going to benefit from the trapping?

As New Zealand's native fauna has evolved without any predatory mammals, introduced species such as rats, stoats and cats have had a devastating impact on bird populations. Whio/Blue Ducks, Kiwi and many other birds inhabit the Kepler area and their survival is greatly increased through trapping of these predators. So ultimately you, the runner, will benefit from being able to get off to a better start helped along by a revitalized dawn chorus!

How does it all work?

Traps have been positioned at 200m intervals around the entire Kepler Track which trampers, runners and pests use alike. Inside each box are two DOC 150 traps baited with a hen's egg and salted rabbit meat. Once a month the traps are checked by the Committee, DOC staff and community volunteers. The number of catches are collated and you can keep up to date with progress here.

Total rat and stoat captures around the Kepler track January 2007 till now.

 

2015

  • January's tally
    26 stoats, 39 rats
  • February's tally
    5 stoats, 21 rats, 1 cat
  • March's tally
    7 stoats, 43 rats
  • April's tally
    8 stoats, 50 rats
  • May's tally
    3 stoats, 4 rats
  • June's tally
    7 stoats, 16 rats, 2 cats
  • July's tally
    5 stoats, 22 rats, 2 cats
  • August's tally
    7 stoats, 32 rats
  • September's tally
    2 stoats, 12 rats, 1 cat
  • October's tally
    10 stoats, 14 rats
  • November's tally
    1 stoats, 15 rats
  • December's tally
    1 stoats, 14 rats

2016

  • January's tally
    5 stoats, 7 rats
  • February's tally
    1 stoats, 2 rats, 1 cat
  • March's tally
    13 stoats, 17 rats
  • April's tally
    8 stoats, 50 rats
  • May's tally
    1 stoats, 66 rats, 2 cats
  • June's tally
    4 stoats, 76 rats
  • July's tally
    2 stoats, 71 rats
  • August's tally
    3 stoats, 87 rats
  • September's tally
    ? stoats, ? rats
  • October's tally
    ? stoats, ? rats
  • November's tally
    ? stoats, ? rats
  • December's tally
    ? stoats, ? rats

2013

  • January's tally
    13 stoats, 8 rats
  • February's tally
    6 stoats, 2 rats
  • March's tally
    2 stoats, 0 rats
  • April's tally
    3 stoats, 12 rats
  • May's tally
    1 stoats, 17 rats
  • June's tally
    1 stoats, 9 rats
  • July's tally
    3 stoats, 22 rats, 1 mouse
  • August's tally
    0 stoats, 1 rat
  • September's tally
    2 stoats, 46 rats
  • October's tally
    0 stoats, 66 rats
  • November's tally
    6 stoats, 47 rats, 1 weasel
  • December's tally
    30 stoats, 43 rats, 9 mice, 1 wild cat

2014

  • January's tally
    32 stoats, 19 rats, 6 mice
  • February's tally
    ​3 stoats, 6 rats, 6 mice
  • March's tally
    ​5 stoats, 14 rats, 7 mice
  • April's tally
    ​12 stoats, 38 rats, 2 mice, 1 weasel
  • May's tally
    13 stoats, 76 rats, 4 mice, 3 weasels
  • June's tally
    ​6 stoats, 52 rats, 4 mice, 1 weasel
  • July's tally
    2 stoats, 83 rats, 7 mice, 1 weasel
  • August's tally
    ​3 stoats, 68 rats, 8 mice, 3 weasels
  • September's tally
    1 stoat, 70 rats, 4 mice, 1 weasel
  • October's tally
    2 stoats, 98 rats, 11 mice
  • November's tally
    5 stoats, 61 rats
  • December's tally
    38 stoats, 59 rats

2012

  • Stoats: 255
  • Rats: 506

2011

  • Stoats: 43
  • Rats: 430
  • Ferrets: 1

2010

  • Stoats: 265
  • Rats: 256
  • Wild cats: 3
  • Ferrets: 2

2009

  • Stoats: 128
  • Rats: 570

2008

  • Stoats : 68
  • Rats: 16

2007

  • Stoats: 254
  • Rats: 102
  • Wild cat: 1