Rena’s First Birds To Set Free

NZ Herald2011-11-14:                      Feathered refugees from the Rena crisis could begin winging their way home this week, as wildlife experts count the cost of a disaster that has wiped out a generation of penguins and killed up to 20,000 birds. The oiled wildlife centre at Mt Maunganui has swelled from a few shipping containers to a tented village during the crisis, but the emptying of all but the dregs of the Rena’s load of heavy fuel oil means the camp should be mostly dismantled by the new year. It is hoped five shags – among the first birds to be rescued after the Rena ran aground on Astrolabe Reef on October 5 – will be released to a colony…                     more »

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~ by narhvalur on November 15, 2011.

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