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Research from scientists John Marris and James Russell has confirmed the devastating impact mice have had on the unique invertebrate species on the Antipodes Island.

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Good news for the Million Dollar Mouse project, with Bollons Island, the second largest island of the Antipodes group, declared mouse free.

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This week’s photo shows an erect-crested penguin on New Zealand’s subantarctic Bounty Islands.

Erect-crested penguin. Photo: Tui de Roy. Copyright. DOC use only.

The image celebrates Seaweek 2014 (1–9 March 2014) — a national celebration of our marine environment with hundreds of events taking place around the country.

It also represents the wildlife now protected as a result of the three new subantarctic marine reserves established this week.

Photo copyright Tui de Roy | DOC use only

This photograph of the Antipodes parakeet was taken by University of Auckland scientist, Dr James Russell.

Dr Russell is leading the recently departed expedition to the Antipodes Islands that will lay the groundwork for the removal of mice from this remote nature reserve.

An Antipodes parakeet on the Antipodes Islands. Photographed by James Russell.

Their research will fill gaps in knowledge about the mice and effects of their removal on some of the island’s special native species, in particular the two parakeets—Antipodes and Reischek’s parakeet—which are found nowhere else. They will also gather baseline data to chart ecosystem recovery once mice are gone.

Follow the expedition to the Antipodes on James Russell’s blog.


You can help the unique ecosystems, native seabirds, plants and insects of the Antipodes Islands

The Million Dollar Mouse campaign aims to raise more than a million dollars towards the Antipodes Islands mouse eradication project. The fund currently sits at $819,000 with all public contributions matched dollar for dollar by philanthropists Gareth and Jo Morgan.

For more information, and to make a donation, visit the Million Dollar Mouse website.

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