Archives For birds

“It sat down, it sat down!” This is the exclamation of an excited birder looking for banded dotterel/pohowera nests. It’s breeding season and its time figure out if our new predator cages will work to help boost nesting success.

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November 20 marks the 70th anniversary of the rediscovery of the takehē – we take a look back at seven decades of progress, preservation and recovery.

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For nearly 70 years a group of passionate and dedicated people have been working hard to ensure takahē are never again considered extinct. Although the people have changed, the mission of returning takahē to the wild – having takahē roaming the native grasslands of mainland New Zealand – has always remained the same. Since rediscovery in 1948, Takahē Recovery has taken many forms and exists as one of the longest standing and progressive conservation stories in the world.

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During two weeks in May, seven juvenile shore plover/tūturuatu were translocated to Waikawa Island off Mahia Peninsula. This was the last of two translocation for the year. Local biodiversity ranger Helen Jonas explains what’s involved in keeping this population of rare birds going. 

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The life of a scientist in the Department of Conservation is worlds apart from the traditional stereotype of a lab-coat wearing academic hidden inside and away from the ‘real world’. DOC’s Threatened Species Ambassador Nicola Toki talks to alpine ecologist, Dr Kerry Weston. Kerry’s work takes her to the top of New Zealand’s peaks to try to unravel the mystery of the world’s most ancient species of wren, a vital indicator for the health of our high rise ecosystems.

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After a month of care and rehabilitation, our staff had the privilege of releasing Tiaki the Kea back to his mountain home in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park.

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What’s the link between an ancient genus of duck which can cruise below the water like a submarine and a Toyota Kiwi Guardian site? Ranger Abi Whitman explores. 

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