Archives For Pest control

A funding boost has given a Central North Island project a new way to protect the threatened flora species in Paengaroa Scenic Reserve

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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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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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Reducing the numbers of rats, stoats and possums was key to protecting endangered mohua and other native wildlife in the blue mountains area. This could be done through aerial 1080 pest control operations, but we wanted to know how effective this method was.

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New Zealand’s birds aren’t known for being particularly savvy when it comes to defending themselves from introduced predators.

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What can we do about wasps? Introducing Wasp Wipeout – a community-led initiative to sustain and increase the amount of wasp control across the region, writes Christine Officer.

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Don Herron shares the story of a community-run initiative in Plimmerton which has been working to make their suburb pest free.

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