The most abundant bird on the Snares Islands is the sooty shearwater (also known as the muttonbird or tītī). Four Te Papa scientists had the daunting task of counting over a million sooty shearwaters on the islands to determine the trends in their population. Watch the video to see how they did it.
We wish to thank the Department of Conservation, Hokonui Rūnaka, Te Rūnanga o Awarua, Te Rūnanga o Ōraka-Aparima, and Waihōpai Rūnaka.
Expedition Snares Islands: Science Live @ Te Papa
Read our scientists’ blogs on their sooty shearwater research on Shares Islands:
This video was filmed as part of Expedition Snares Islands, a Science Live episode live-streamed in March 2014.
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