Project ruru in flight

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Project ruru, a sculpture exhibition drawing attention to the native owl, has landed in the Waitakaruru Sculpture Park and Arboretum.

Fifteen artists have sculpted their interpretation of ruru in diverse designs and materials and launched the latest park adventure – find the roosting ruru.

Sometimes park visitors spot ruru in the trees

This project is an opportunity to draw attention to the only native owl and measures needed to protect it. 

“We want them to survive and thrive,” said park owner Dorothy Wakeling. “Its distinctive call is heard at night.  It is a silent nocturnal hunter that thrives in forests where it feeds on insects, mice and other small creatures.”

Ruru breed within the park, whose location, Waitakaruru means, in te reo, owl by the water.

The park has joined forces with Wingspan, the national bird of prey centre, and Mitre10 to help provide for Waikato’s ruru population.  With the sponsor’s help, Wintec students have made 20 nesting boxes which will be used to protect birds throughout the Waikato.

For a fun-filled weekend of ruru activities on July 9 and 10, book your tickets ($15/person) now for the sculpture exhibition opening celebration or go along during the July school holidays.

More detail here on the park’s website. 

 

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