Caring For Kaka
Six year old KCC member Finn tells us about life in beautiful Nelson and his passion for one of our cheeky native parrots.
Me, mum and dad got to volunteer to look after 4 lovely looking kaka that were to be released into Abel Tasman National Park. They had to stay in an aviary near Wainui Hut before they were let go into the bush. We walked to Wainui Hut each day and we had to clean out the aviary and put new food in for them. They liked bananas, sugar water and we cut new beech tree branches for them to chew on.
When dad put the new sugar water and food on the feed tray the kaka came and landed on the tray and started drinking the water before he had even put it in place! They were funny and beautiful. After DOC and Project Janszoon let the kaka go, 3 of them came back to the feeding station outside the aviary every day looking for food. Volunteers are still going up there to put food on the tray for them. It was so fun.
Six year old KCC member Finn has a beardie hunterway cross called Tama. Finn also lives with his mum, dad, cat, goldfish and lots of bees in a bee hive! He goes to Nelson Central School and will be in Year 3 next year. Finn enjoys going to KCC events and also going to Keas.
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