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NZ island conservation success – In the News

John Kerr posted in on March 23rd, 2016.

New research championing New Zealand’s conservation approach to creating predator free islands has received wide media coverage. The study, published in PNAS, collated data from invasive mammal eradication projects on island around the globe. Examining 181 different islands, the researchers found 236 species – comprising almost 600 separate populations – had benefited from eradication projects. […]

Moa bones reveal munching habits – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on January 13th, 2016.

New Zealand’s nine extinct moa species were surprisingly diverse in their diets, reveals sophisticated 3D modelling research from New Zealand and Australian scientists. A new study, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, uses 3D scanning technology to create models of moa skull structure based on fossilised remains of the […]

BRIEFING: 1080 & predator control – where to from here?

John Kerr posted in on November 16th, 2015.

The predator control poison 1080 is not without controversy — but it’s the best thing we’ve got, say scientists meeting at a national conference this week. Ecologists and researchers from across the country are meeting this week to share their latest findings at the New Zealand Ecological Society 2015 Conference, which includes a symposium dedicated […]

Climate canaries in the New Zealand Herald

John Kerr posted in on October 12th, 2015.

What are the ‘sentinel species’ that are first affected by a warming climate? Science Reporter Jamie Morton investigates in today’s New Zealand Herald. An excerpt (read in full here): 10 Climate Change Canaries Climate change is predicted to transform New Zealand forever, bringing high sea levels, hotter days, and more extreme weather. As our environment […]

New Zealand’s oil spill record scrutinised – In the News

John Kerr posted in on October 12th, 2015.

More than our tons of oil have been spilt in New Zealand waters since the Rena oil spill in 2011, according to figures released by Maritime New Zealand. The data, covering every reported oil spill in the last four years, was provided by Maritime New Zealand to the Sunday Star Times under the Official Information […]

Bird-feeding threatens native grey warbler

Amy Guest posted in on May 6th, 2015.

Garden bird-feeding directly influences the number of native and introduced bird species in a local area, according to new research from the University of Auckland. Through monthly observations of 23 test sites over an 18 month period, the study, published in PNAS on Tuesday, found supplementary feeding of grains and bread changed the local bird population structure. […]

Bird feeding in New Zealand

John Kerr posted in on October 23rd, 2014.

A study of the bird-feeding habits of New Zealanders in six cities estimates that 5.1 million loaves of bread are fed to wild birds annually, raising concerns over unintended impacts on native wildlife and disease spread. The findings come from a University of Auckland study just published in the journal Biological Conservation. According to the study, the […]

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BRIEFING: Predator plague, beech mast and 1080

Dacia Herbulock posted in on September 9th, 2014.

The largest 1080 predator control operation ever attempted in New Zealand will be carried out in Kahurangi National Park later this month, as part of a national effort to combat soaring rat and stoat numbers in the conservation estate. This year’s large beech flowering and mast seeding event has created a huge increase in food […]

Restoring species no easy task

John Kerr posted in on July 25th, 2014.

The goal of protecting threatened animal species in a pristine, untouched habitat is becoming “increasingly unobtainable” according to a new article in Science. The research review from New Zealand scientists highlights Earth’s disappearing animals as well as the complications that arise when humans try to conserve them. The article, authored by Prof Philip Seddon from […]

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Fossilised moa droppings a window to the past

John Kerr posted in on October 2nd, 2013.

Bits of pollen, plant matter and DNA in fossilised moa poo offer clues to the giant birds’ eating habits.  A new study led by Landcare Research has carefully analysed 51 moa coprolites — fossilised faeces — excavated from a single rock overhang at Daley’s Flat in the Dart River Valley in the South Island. The […]

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