Rachel Hufton

Makarora Braided River – an under estimated biodiversity hotspot

wrybill chick

Ecologist, Rachel Hufton reports on her local braided river at Makarora. An iconic habitat unique to New Zealand encompassing an array of wildlife found nowhere else in the world. From the headwaters of the Makarora on the eastern flanks of the Southern Alps near the Haast Pass in Mt Aspiring National Park. The Makarora River…

World’s rarest wading bird the kakī / black stilt gets new lease on life

Black Stilts

Exciting News Today – kakī New Zealand’s black stilt, has been granted funds to help secure the population status of the worlds rarest wader. Juvenile kakī following release at Tasman Delta, Nov 2016 (Photo by Rachel Hufton) Finally, the Twizel Recovery Centre can begin to increase its capacity for hatching, rearing chicks and releasing juveniles…

Saving the critically threatened southern New Zealand dotterel

Southern dotterel New Zealand

Rachel Hufton of Illuminate Ecology, reports following a cannon netting bird banding trip at Awarua Bay, Invercargill, an important wintering site for the South Island New Zealand dotterel. A Nationally Critical Threatened Species of conservation concern. above: South Island dotterel with South Island pied oystercatcher and a bar-tailed godwit at high tide roost site, Awarua…