Science isn’t just about the big breakthroughs – although they’re great when they happen. Mostly it’s about challenging assumptions, testing alternatives and finding new and better ways to do things. Change is incremental and improvements are constantly being integrated into the way things are … [Read more...] about GPS offers aerial application alternative
Reuben Lane enjoys the staunch, feisty characters of the seabirds he’s helping to keep safe on the South Island’s West Coast – blue penguins, Fiordland crested penguins, petrels and fairy prions – they’re all birds with a bit of ‘attitude’. Based in Westport, Reuben moved to the Buller in 1998 to … [Read more...] about Staunch penguins a match for stoats, but not dogs
There are a number of physical and behavioural traits which can make New Zealand’s native bird species particularly vulnerable to introduced predators. In the absence of mammalian predators some, like the kiwi, evolved to become flightless. Others forage on the ground or nest in tree cavities where … [Read more...] about What makes our endangered birds so vulnerable?
Just because you’re not catching anything, doesn’t necessarily mean all predators have been eradicated. Being certain that an area is completely predator-free is a challenge in island eradications where certainty is needed before endangered species can be reintroduced. But the problem also applies … [Read more...] about Rapid eradication assessment – with online app
Zealandia learning units: Inquiry for Environmental Technology in New Zealand for year 4-8 Students. There are five core sessions with two additional sessions to be integrated as appropriate. Key competencies: Thinking; Using language, symbols, and texts; Managing self; Relating to others; … [Read more...] about Can we make New Zealand Pest Free?
The magnolias aren’t looking too good at Arthur Hinds’ place. His wife Diane used to complain about the damage possums were doing. But that’s not the problem nowadays. The Department of Conservation dealt to the possums in 2000, just before the Whenuakite Kiwi Care Group started their predator … [Read more...] about Kiwi are thriving – and so are kereru
The kiore appeared and the moa disappeared in pre-European times, but no-one can argue that the majority of Aotearoa/New Zealand’s predator and other pest introductions, habitat loss, extinctions and near-extinctions have happened in the last 150-200 years since pakeha settlers arrived. Recently … [Read more...] about Maungatautari – a Maori conservation perspective
by Robyn Janes. It is the smell that often lets them know they have a body to deal with. Or the incessant buzzing of the wasps as they fly in and out of the wooden trap box. “If it’s a real whiffy one you know it when you’re a couple of metres from the trap box. Most kills are fine to deal … [Read more...] about Rangers clock up km walking Project Janszoon trap lines
A swarm of drone aircraft appears over the horizon and spans out over a remote, unfenced wilderness area – one of many such large, open sanctuaries. The swarm is here for its regular monitoring visit and the drones spread out and begin collecting data with their many types of tiny sensors. Onboard … [Read more...] about Flying into the future with X-craft
Trap-wary stoats got caught out by a change in predator control regime according to research just published in July this year. The research, carried out by DOC scientists and published in the New Zealand Journal of Zoology, took place in the 9800 ha Whangarei Kiwi Sanctuary. The results showed why … [Read more...] about Research shows what’s working for kiwi and kaka