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.
Isolated from the world for 80 million years, New Zealand boasts some of the world’s most unusual animal species. The ultimate evolutionary island laboratory.
New Zealand is full of weird, wonderful creatures and we’re lucky enough to get opportunities to discover more about these biological treasures. Senior Ranger Phil Melgren had one of these opportunities recently – a great gecko hunt.
Staff on Great Barrier Island/Aotea were recently given a helping hand by Auckland Botanic Gardens staff, to identify native plants and collect seeds to help mitigate the impact of myrtle rust.
Hut Warden Eiji Kitai tells us about his experience walking the Te Araroa Trail while raising funds for the Routeburn Dart Wildlife Trust.