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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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Motunau Island is the only offshore predator free island in Canterbury. Community ranger Vanessa Mander tells us why ridding the island of boxthorn weeds is important for the sea birds survival.

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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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Two weeks in dense Great Barrier Island forest isn’t everyone’s thing, but for the nationally vulnerable seabird, the takoketai/black petrel, this is where they hang out to breed. This is also where Sir Peter Blake-DOC Ambassador James Ranstead is studying them.

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For 20 years our ‘bird counters’ have been flying into the remote Landsborough valley in South Westland to monitor the effects of sustained predator control on bird life. This work has contributed to a long-term picture of the health of the bird community in Landsborough Valley that includes more than a dozen native species.

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It’s now over six weeks since the first 18 takahē took flight (so to speak) to their new home in Kahurangi National Park. Takahē Advocacy Ranger Julie Harvey updates us on the birds progress in their new home.

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Here are 10 things that you can do that could help bring native birds back to your garden.

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