Thanks to a 30-year project, intensive predator control and thousands of volunteer hours, the kōkako is thriving in the Hunua Ranges and is now the fourth largest population on mainland New Zealand, Auckland Council reports. “It’s looking like an early productive season,” says Auckland Council Senior Ranger, Miranda Bennett. “We’ve checked and banded six chicks already from our monitored nests which is good news as it means there is a chance some pairs will re-nest and produce a second clutch of eggs before the end of the breeding season.”