Not many people can say they have had a hands-on experience with takahē but last month, I was lucky enough to travel to Fiordland to learn more about the Takahē Recovery Programme and get a behind the scenes taste of what happens at the Burwood Takahē Centre – the hub of the takahē breeding programme in Te Anau.
In the last 14 years, thousands of rock lobster in and around Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve have been caught, sexed, measured, checked and carefully returned to their homes. Nic Toki joined DOC ranger Jamie Quirk to find out how and why it happens.
Thriving weka numbers on Kapiti Island have been causing a problem for some of the other island residents, particularly our native tītī/sooty shearwaters.
We caught up with Tim, a ranger on the front lines of the Save Our Iconic Kiwi initiative. This is the ninth in a series following the work he’s doing to save the Fiordland tokoeka (kiwi).
Today’s photo of the week was taken outside the Larrikin Creek hut in Kahurangi National Park. It might not look like one of our native birds, but it is. This is a leucistic weka.