Hello friends and family.
Time is flying by and my extra 1 second eluded me. On Monday we were joined in our work at Barracouta Bay by Tom, a young local volunteer who helped us plant some trees and trim others. His fresh perspective on the beauty of Barracouta Bay survived a nasty cold front at lunchtime and hopefully, he will be back in the future.
The Council has approved my resource consent so the shed can go ahead when the builder is ready. I got another load of topsoil for Elaine as it was lovely weather on Wednesday.
The dire warnings weather-wise have deterred some tourists but not these ones who climbed into the penguin landing area just because they can. These photos are taken by the trail camera – I did not compound the penguin’s misery by joining these eco-terrorists. This is so disappointing. Perhaps an electric fence will slow them down a bit!
There is more sign of penguins about the place – the footprints indicate a dozen or so at each landing which is a great relief! Two big parcels of technology arrived from Australia so we can find out more about our penguins in future.
Penguin Rescue has finally got its own business account at Kiwi Bank, instead of the savings account it has had until now. Even though this means giving up getting interest each month on our balance, we will be able to operate with debit cards which will make claiming for GST much more robust and easier. As a small charity we have to watch our cents carefully, relying on your support as we do.
Each project is considered for its value to penguin conservation and we recycle and reuse as much as we can to cut costs. All work is voluntary but still of the highest quality around.
I released 2 penguins on Thursday – one was the adult whose foot had responded well to antibiotics and the other was a juvenile that had been here for 5 weeks. It weighed 6.6Kg on release and was still hungry – go well young penguin! I let another go yesterday so there is only one left.
Have a great week.