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Today’s photo is of a critically endangered orange-fronted parakeet/kākāriki karaka, the rarest of our native parakeet species.

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This spring the Department of Conservation is defending large areas of native forest and wildlife from rats, stoats and possums.

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Today’s photo is of a Haast tokoeka kiwi chick—a shy, mountain-loving bird, and one of our rarest kiwi.

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DOC’s Director-General Lou Sanson updates us on the opening of Franz Josef Visitor Centre, Battle for our Birds, Wildbase Recovery and more.

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The orange fronted parakeet/kākāriki karaka is the rarest of our parakeet/kākāriki species…

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Today’s photo shows a ferny glade in Iris Burn valley, Fiordland National Park.

Ferny Glade, Iris Burn Valley, Fiordland National Park. Day 3 of the Kepler Track.

DOC completed its ‘Battle for our Birds’ pest control operation in the Iris Burn valley on Monday.

Iris Burn was identified as one of the sites where rare native species, such as the critically endangered long-tailed bat, whio/blue duck, kākā, and Fiordland tokoeka kiwi, were under greatest threat from rising numbers of rats and stoats.

It is one of 22 confirmed ‘Battle for our Birds’ operations that will use aerially applied 1080 to knock down rising predator numbers fuelled by unusually heavy seeding in South Island beech forests.

Monitoring the effects of the pest control operation will be undertaken in coming weeks.

Photo: Phil Norton | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Today’s photo is of a mōhua/yellowhead, a small insectivorous bird endemic to the South Island of New Zealand.

Once abundant in the South Island the population declined dramatically with the introduction of rats and stoats. Today they have vanished from nearly 75% of their former range.


Recent pest control targeting rats and stoats has helped to protect mōhua in 10,000 hectares of beech forest in the Catlins. Results shows that mōhua have increased to the highest level recorded since the population suffered a big decline about 14 years ago.

Rat and stoat levels will be monitored closely with the predicted large beech mast this autumn to determine whether a pest control response is needed later this year as part of DOC’s Battle for our Birds programme.

Photo by Leon Berard | CC BY 2.0.