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Trojan Possums – are they the next step?

Trojan Possums – are they the next step?

It’s called the Trojan Female Technique and it’s involves a mutation in females that makes all their male offspring infertile. Because it is a gene,…

Possum. Image credit Nga Manu.

Detecting predators – can you count on chew-track-cards and WaxTags?

Fundamental to a well-managed pest control programme is detecting what predators you have and monitoring the changes in abundance as your trapping regime progresses. Leg…

Advocacy and active predator control on the Coromandel

Advocacy and active predator control on the Coromandel

When a small group of Coromandel locals got together in 2000, wanting to do something for the environment, they could little have imagined the sheer…

Learn how to get the most out of your Goodnature traps (webinar)

Learn how to get the most out of your Goodnature traps (webinar)

Robbie Van Dam from Goodnature discusses their automatic self resetting traps. You will learn: how to use the traps in the most effective way (for different…

A volunteer opening the DOC trap up.

Learn how to get the most out of your DOC trapping series (webinar)

Darren Peters from the Department of Conservation discusses the DOC series of traps (150, 200 and 250). You can expect to learn: how to use…

A brushtail possum on a branch

New ways to combat possums

Rest assured, New Zealand’s scientific community are beavering away to find new and better ways to combat possums. These are just a few of the…

Secrets of Mangarakau Wetlands revealed

Secrets of Mangarakau Wetlands revealed

There’s something rather special about wetlands – and not just because they’re becoming increasingly rare. There is an air of secrets and mystery, of strangeness…

A petrel bobs on the ocean

Friday afternoon reads… island recovery

For thousands of New Zealand’s sub-Antarctic mice, their sojourn on the Antipodes is almost over. Endemic beetle and moth populations will finally get a chance…

A skink basking on a rock

Habitat modification – complex relationships

Habitat modification – what’s good for native wildlife and what isn’t? Weta can thrive, living in the crevices provided by large introduced trees. Cutting those…

Three people and award

Local marae community inspires environmental change

Good things – even great things – can come from inauspicious-seeming beginnings. In 2010 a proposed new wastewater system got people worried in the small,…

Mohua facts

Mohua facts

The mohua, or yellowhead, is a small bird with a bright yellow head and breast. Early settlers called it the ‘bush canary’ because of its…

Bird watchers in the forest

Monitoring matters

Environmental monitoring is more than just a modern conservation buzzword. It’s an essential tool in determining whether all those volunteer hours put in by your…

Kiwi inventor shares ways to read predator footprints

Kiwi inventor shares ways to read predator footprints

Warren Agnew can tell a lot from an inky footprint. A stoat track is easy to recognise because of the hairiness of the feet. But…

A close-up of the Short tailed bat

Genetic diversity and bats

New Zealand’s entire black robin population once consisted of a mere 5 birds and all black robins surviving today are descended from one breeding pair…

A group of children in the forest

Trelissick Park Group cares for idyllic wilderness area

It may well be Wellington’s best kept secret – an urban wilderness area where nationally threatened fish species thrive in a meandering stream and where…