As of this week, the Kea Database (https://keadatabase.nz) is now the one place for all kea sightings. The database was first launched in 2017 by the Kea Sightings Project team in 2016 (Laura Young, Mark Brabyn and George Moon), and since then has received over 3200 sightings of kea from across the South Island. The project also includes a ‘Kea Kiosk’ shelter found in Arthur’s Pass.
Up until now, the Kea Conservation Trust has maintained its own sightings form on the Trust’s website, but as of now, they will be using the Kea Database. Over time it is hoped that the Trust’s hundreds of sightings from the last 12 years will be imported, providing a long-term sightings dataset with valuable insights into our population of kea.
Fantastic partnerships for kea conservation!