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Yellow-eyed Penguin Symposium
This annual symposium is held in August and hosted in the yellow-eyed penguin capital - Dunedin. Field workers, researchers and conservation organisations all meet to discuss the years work and issues affecting yellow-eyed penguins. The next symposium is sheduled for August 2007, for detalis contact the

2006 Symposium
The 2006 symposium drew over 50 people from Stewart Island to Massey University and it was probably this mix of codes from vets to volunteers that created such a dynamic and stimulating day.

The symposiums range of topics was wide it included the YEPT ‘s nursery  report from Margaret Suman who told us they had raised over 12,000 plants this season and planted nearly 9000. Thomas Mattern explained about his research on foraging behaviour at Stewart Island, Andrew Hill from Massey University Wildlife Centre told us about another threat, a protozoan parasite known as leucocytozoon. It’s blood borne and ends up in the liver but its malaria like similarities don’t end up there it has a winged vector presumed to be black fly. Blood tests have shown that leucocytozoon has been associated with deaths in chicks this past season especially in Stewart Island. Research and monitoring will continue this coming season. 

Dave Houston presented some interim results of population modelling that indicate that there may be a recognisable impact of set-netting on adult survival and Bruce McKinlay talked on the value and uses of population modelling.

The material presented during the day confirmed the worth of the efforts being put in along the Otago coastline and beyond. Confirmation of that came from DOC’S Bruce Mckinlay who estimated that there were some 429 nesting pairs on the Otago coast this last breeding season. He said that efforts over the years to protect habitats and understand the amount of interaction between yellow-eyed penguins and fisheries were crucial to the species future. The contribution to this work by scientists and community groups was essential to maintaining this positive state of affairs.
  
The range of presentations given during the day highlighted the breadth of work being undertaken for yellow-eyed penguin conservation. But it was the bringing together of the variety of scientific disciplines, students and volunteers that enabled those in different fields to share ideas for the common cause and see where they fitted in the bigger picture.



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