Dept. of Conservation Blog

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Dept. of Conservation: Conservation blog

Comeback for curious kea Tiaki

Comeback for curious kea Tiaki

After a month of care and rehabilitation, our staff had the privilege of releasing Tiaki the Kea back to his mountain home in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park.

Kids and whio – a whi-nominal combo!

Kids and whio – a whi-nominal combo!

What’s the link between an ancient genus of duck which can cruise below the water like a submarine and a Toyota Kiwi Guardian site? Ranger Abi Whitman explores. 

Red tussocks are worthy of admiration

Red tussocks are worthy of admiration

What is so special about the red tussock on the Gouland Downs you might ask? Harry Broad, DOC writer in residence, explains why this “dull and boring” plant is worthy of admiration.

‘Kiwi’ translocated to Whareroa Farm

‘Kiwi’ translocated to Whareroa Farm

Kāpiti Island’s restored ‘Kiwi Caravan’, historically used for work on little spotted kiwi, now features a stunning large scale mural. Today we reflect on the history of this important asset for kiwi conservation.

Takoketai/black petrel survival a story of hope

Takoketai/black petrel survival a story of hope

Two weeks in dense Great Barrier Island forest isn’t everyone’s thing, but for the nationally vulnerable seabird, the takoketai/black petrel, this is where they hang out to breed. This is also where Sir Peter Blake-DOC Ambassador James Ranstead is studying them.

Sea lion research on Enderby Island

Sea lion research on Enderby Island

Dr Aditi Sriram shares her experience investigating disease and mortality in New Zealand sea lions as part of a research team on Enderby Island.

Monitoring our marine reserves: 7 days of surveying

Monitoring our marine reserves: 7 days of surveying

We catch up with Tom MacTavish, a Marine Ranger, undertaking monitoring at Banks Peninsula’s marine reserves using baited remote underwater video.

Bird counting in the Landsborough valley

Bird counting in the Landsborough valley

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.

Evolution Islands — showcasing our natural world

Evolution Islands — showcasing our natural world

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.

Cloudy geckos in the land of the long white cloud

Cloudy geckos in the land of the long white cloud

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.

 

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