Karearea Falcons| Wingspan Birds of Prey Trust
Millbrook has been given the opportunity by the Rotorua Wingspan Trust to raise two Falcon chicks for release back into the wild. These chicks were received by Millbrook early January and have been successfully deposited into their Hack Box which is located outside the back of the Clubhouse. The chicks will stay inside the hack box for up to three weeks before being released into the wild.
We have installed a web camera inside the box and are in the process of loading regular photos onto this page. Below are some early photos of the chicks getting used to their new home.
About The Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre
From grassroots beginnings in the 1980’s and the founding of the Wingspan Charitable Trust in 1992, Wingspan is now recognised as New Zealand’s leading conservation, education and research organisation for birds of prey.
Wingspan Bird of Prey Centre was established in Rotorua in 2002. At Wingspan’s core is a commitment to the conservation of the threatened ‘Karearea’ New Zealand falcon. Being part of New Zealand’s unique natural heritage, falcons are a taonga (treasured) species to tangata whenua (Māori, people of the land).
Wingspan supports wild populations directly by releasing captive bred falcons and rehabilitating injured wild birds. Through research and advocacy, Wingspan also supports long-term sustainable conservation action by identifying the reasons for the decline in wild populations and promoting action to reverse this.
The Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre is a place where people can visit and see birds of prey up close during interactive flying displays, hosted by the country’s leading experts. The displays showcase the spectacular flying skills of these amazing birds and are a unique educational experience enjoyed by children and adults alike.
To find out more visit www.wingspan.co.nz