Date: 23 October 2014
By Jose Watson | Partnerships Ranger | Kaitiaki Manutataki
27 eggs have been collected from the Central Southern Alps Whio Security Site so far this spring.
The eggs are collected in order to remove the risk posed by stoats, who are known to eat the eggs, chicks, and female duck incubating the nest.
Volunteer Mike Meuli with one of six whio eggs collected from the Styx River today
The eggs are now being incubated at the Isaac Wildlife Trust Facility in Christchurch and will be returned to the river as young adults.
The Central Southern Alps Site includes the Styx, Arahura, Taipo and Kawhaka Rivers.