Dept. of Conservation Blog

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Monitoring our marine reserves: Different sights to see – Octopus invasion?

Monitoring our marine reserves: Different sights to see – Octopus invasion?

We catch up with Tom MacTavish and Tom Brough, Marine Rangers, undertaking monitoring at Banks Peninsula’s marine reserves. This is the first blog in the second season of monitoring, following the previous, season one series. Take it away Tom!

Fiordland Kiwi Diaries 20: Shy Lake’s second season

Fiordland Kiwi Diaries 20: Shy Lake’s second season

We’re on the front lines of the Save Our Iconic Kiwi initiative. This is the twentieth in a series following the work being done to save the Fiordland tokoeka(kiwi). Our ranger Tim and his team have been studying the population of kiwi at Shy Lake to find out how to best protect them from predators like stoats.

Fiordland skink – what do we know about the species?

Fiordland skink – what do we know about the species?

There’s scant information about many of New Zealand’s lizards, but for the Fiordland skink we seem to know quite a bit — but do we really?

Meet our rangers: World Ranger Day

Meet our rangers: World Ranger Day

World Ranger Day is celebrated on July 31. Meet some of our dedicated rangers, learn more about the work they do and their passion for conservation.

Using satellites to save the kākā

Using satellites to save the kākā

It’s a stormy day in Fiordland. With a potential break in the weather, it might be enough time for Science Advisors Terry Greene and Emma Williams to race down from Christchurch and complete their mission: find and tag some elusive juvenile kākā.

The secret life of freshwater snails

The secret life of freshwater snails

Freshwater snails are little-known and rather mysterious creatures, but there are 69 native species in New Zealand and they play an important ecological role.

Our Operation Tidy Fox Adventure

Our Operation Tidy Fox Adventure

This is a guest blog by Genevieve Long, who recently volunteered at Operation Tidy Fox. She documented her experiences and shared it with us, in the hope of encouraging people to make the same decision and help clean up the Fox River.

Kiwi Guardians makes it easy to get kids off screens and outdoors

Kiwi Guardians makes it easy to get kids off screens and outdoors

The promise of an adventure and a Toyota Kiwi Guardians medal is the perfect ways to encourage the kids to switch off the screens and head outdoors.

Chesterfield skink – how have they fared since Cyclone Fehi

Chesterfield skink – how have they fared since Cyclone Fehi

Cyclone Fehi hit New Zealand hard, but people weren’t the only ones who lost their homes. Chesterfield skinks lost over one third of their remaining one hectare home.

5 Great Day Trips from Christchurch

5 Great Day Trips from Christchurch

This is a guest blog by Ashlyn Oswalt. Ashlyn is an American expat who’s been living in New Zealand for a year. She’s a keen tramper and enjoys going on day-trips around the Christchurch area. She’s shared her top five day trips for people who are thinking of getting out and about in nature this winter.

 

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