At two-and-a-half-years-old, Miro has been certified by the Department of Conservation (DOC) to find threatened sea bird species as part of the Conservation Dogs Programme.
He accompanies his owner Joanna Sim on missions around the North Island to try and locate seabirds for DOC and other providers like Wellington City Council, as seen with the recent pre-construction work for Evans Bay Parade between Weka Bay and Little Karaka Bay.
Miro is fairly new to his role and is learning the ropes from his older brother Rua, who is 10.
While Rua is more on an introvert, Miro has a whole lot of energy to give, says Jo.
“He’s a fun-loving clown, but he works super hard. We go everywhere around the North Island, from Wellington to Taranaki. He is qualified to find burrowing seabirds such as petrel species and blue penguins. In addition to penguins, he has already found new colonies of grey-faced petrels on Great Barrier Island and Waiheke Island!