Our goal is to measure long-term kea population trends by counting kea encounters per observer hour.
An hour with no kea is as important to the analysis as an hour with kea.
You must decide in advance whether or not you are going to survey on a given day. It’s vitally important, to avoid bias, not to commence a survey just because you have heard a kea. Having decided in the morning that you intend to survey, you need to continue surveying until you cease your back country activity for the day.
- Download and print a survey form, or sketch one up in your notebook
- Set yourself up with a means of telling which grid tiles you visit (map and/or GPS)
- You must be outside in the back country to survey
- Begin surveying at the first whole hour after starting your activity.
- Complete the form for all hours on the form (grey hours to be completed in summer only). Write an X if you are not surveying (e.g. haven’t started yet, having lunch in a hut, finished for the day).
- If you see or hear kea, write Y in the kea box for the hour (regardless of the number of kea).
- Record the largest group of kea you saw during the day.
- Submit your survey online. Thanks!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- What do I do if I forgot my grid tile map?
- Note your locations and make a best-guess when you get back online. It doesn’t matter if some surveys are out of place by one tile.
- How would I record an hour split between two or more tiles?
- Record the tile in which the most time was spent.
- What if I hear a kea when I’m inside a vehicle or hut?
- This cannot be counted, however please add this to http://keadatabase.nz.
- What if I see a banded kea while surveying?
- The encounter is relevant to the survey, but the bands are not. The bands should be added to http://keadatabase.nz.
- What if I start my activity part way through an hour?
- The hour should be marked X (Not Surveying). Start surveying at the next whole hour.
- What if I stop my activity part way through an hour (e.g. lunch in a hut)?
- The hour should be marked X (Not Surveying)
- Should I record the weather or other variables?
- No, weather data will be obtained from NIWA.
- Am I still surveying if I’m in a tent?
- Yes, up until the last survey hour.
- If I heard but did not see kea, do I note this under ‘Max Kea Seen’
- Can I listen to music or podcasts whilst surveying?
- No, sorry!
- Can I talk to my companions whilst surveying?
You can download the form for surveys along with these instructions.