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Fifty years on (1969) from the Chief Executive Commissioner of the New Zealand Scout Association, Selwyn Field the founder of Conservation Week, the NZ Scout movement are still involved with delivering conservation in a variety of ways, shape and form.
Last week saw the Oamaru Columba Keas delivering 30 highly realistic painted decoy Yellow Eyed Penguins to Conservation Rangers in Oamaru which will certainly be put to good use.
The event was kindly sponsored by Natalie Powazynski from Oamaru Harcourt's, who had an extremely difficult time picking the 3 best painted. The final outcome is they were all so good everyone got a goody bag surprise.
Also last week saw Scott's Own Sea Scouts visiting the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony to learn about their habitat and way of life and the important work the colony does to support this species.
The Scouts also kindly constructed 20 magnificent and desperately needed Little Blue Penguins nesting boxes, which were kindly received by the colonies research scientist Phillipa Agnew.
- Andy Powazynski