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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 […]

Lemmings: first over the cliff in a warming world

Dacia Herbulock posted in on November 6th, 2008.

  The tiny rodents that underpin the Arctic food chain, famed for their classic boom-and-bust cycle of population explosions, are succumbing to the warming effects of climate change. Their decline is being felt throughout the entire ecosystem. New research out today in the journal Nature finds that the periodic explosions in lemming numbers their predators […]

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