Theo Thompson

anchor-island-95-theo-by-kimberley-collinsI am a field ranger with the kākāpō team and am based on Anchor Island in Fiordland. Field rangers work 29 days on and then have 13 days off. While working we live on the island for a month at a time. We live in a medium size DOC hut with solar and hydro power. LPG gas is flown out to run our gas oven and make hot water for a shower at the end of a long day in the field.  My day to day role is widely varied with lots of exciting work ranging from monitoring the kākāpō via their radio transmitters to checking all the predator traps to ensure Anchor Island remains pest free. When the kākāpō breed there is a lot of work to do finding and securing the nests and then monitoring the mother kākāpō to make sure they are caring for their chicks appropriately. We have on average two volunteers staying with us on the island for two weeks at a time to help us feed the kākāpō during the busy breeding seasons. As an island based ranger I get to meet lots of people, often you know them rather well by the time you have been living and working with them for two weeks.  An exciting piece of work we are doing at the moment is collecting data on the developing rimu fruit to predict when the next kākāpō breeding season will be.

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