FLiteTraX on Penguins

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Species: Megadyptes antipodes Yellow Eyed Penguins.

Collar choice: FLiteTraX 50g

Location: Otago New Zealand

Institute: Otago University

Contact: Bryony Alden



Project Description: FLiteTraX

In 2017, the University of Otago trialled three FLiteTraX wildlife telemetry tags on yellow eyed penguins (Megadyptes antipodes) at several locations in New Zealand. Trials with more tags will progress in 2018.

This study is investigating the dispersal mechanisms of supplementary-fed (rehabilitated) chicks away from their release site, and aims to identify important at-sea areas for juvenile penguins. This dispersal study is part of a larger project at University of Otago to determine the effectiveness of supplementary feeding on yellow-eyed penguin chicks and subsequent parental survival, based on analysis of existing data.

The project has been made possible through a grant from the Ornithological Society of New Zealand and donations raised through crowdfunding.


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