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Monday, January 28, 2013


Some 15 to 20 years ago it was not uncommon for Storm Petrels to be found in the foyer of the Deep Cove Hostel.  They often seemed to have been blown into the foyer, possibly attracted by the light on in there, but often on a Nor West night.  The hostel manager at the time used to collect them in the morning and keep them safe until they could be returned to the wild the next night.

These small birds apparently live at sea all of their lives except when nesting and have such fine legs that they can not stand. 

Storm Petrel
 I am unaware of any of these birds being seen at Deep Cove since that period and certainly not in recent times.  Why and what has changed?

While there is is considerable concern for the well being of Dolphins particularly with the suggestion that their numbers are in decline and that the tourist boats are to blame, could it not be that the food stocks of both of these species have been affected in recent times?  Is it possible that these birds don't come into Deep Cove now as their food is no longer there to attract them? or could there be other reasons?

May be the species can flourish without the need to come into Deep Cove, it would however be interesting to hear your thoughts.

Saturday, January 12, 2013


On the 9th January 2013  Professor Harold H Stowell from the University of Alabama, Professor Josh Schwartz of the California State University, Doctor Rose Turnbull from GNS Otago and Julian Thomson, GNS Science Outreach Co-Ordinator met with members of the Deep Cove Hostel Trust Education  at Deep Cove.

This meeting discussed ways in which material could be assembled and made available to teachers, students and members of other groups who use the Deep Cove Hostel.  Ways in which some of this material could be accessed prior to visiting the hostel were also discussed.

As a result it has been decided that the compilation of worksheets, physical displays and digital material to add to work already completed such as the "Deep Cove Supersite" would start immediately with much of this material being made available through the internet.

Sites such as the GNS website and Julian Thomson's Blog page contain a lot of valuable information. 

The can be found at:

GNS - Website.


Julian Thomsons Deep Cove Blog


Between the 8th and 10th January 2013 heavy rain and high winds struck Fiordland and the lower part of the South Island of New Zealand, while at the same time fire fighters in the middle of the Island (Canterbury) were struggling with hot dry Nor West winds while fighting numerous bush fires and endeavouring to save homes and businesses.

While the rain was particularly heavy in Fiordland with some strong winds and thunder storms the most affected areas were to the East of the Southern Alps and the northern areas of the West Coast.  In these areas a number of roads were closed due to slips and bridges being washed out affecting many holiday makers and tourists.

In spite of the rough weather visitors to the area were rewarded with some spectacular sights as can be seen in the attached video.  If you are having trouble seeing this try opening "A Little Rain May fall" from You Tube..

Friday, January 11, 2013


Through the work of Catherine Brimicombe and Caroline Carter from The Department of Conservation a "Supersite Book"  and DVD  relating to Deep Cove is now available.  Copies have been delivered to schools using the Deep Cove Hostel and an on-line copy can be found here 

This book includes material designed to assist teachers and also details activities that can be carried out with students before they visit the hostel and while staying there.  It is intended that future educational material will build on the valuable information included in this Supersite.