Archives For Pest control

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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Working high up in the mountains, Scientific Officer Kerry Weston’s research is helping to shed new light on New Zealand’s threatened alpine 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.