Dept. of Conservation Blog

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Dept. of Conservation: Conservation blog

9 New Zealand tracks to explore this holiday season

9 New Zealand tracks to explore this holiday season

‘Tis the season for a lot of things, namely – getting outdoors and enjoying this beautiful country.

The do’s and don’ts of interacting with NZ’s native wildlife

The do’s and don’ts of interacting with NZ’s native wildlife

If you’re here from overseas visiting our unique nature; or are from elsewhere in the country exploring your wider backyard, here are some hot tips to treat wildlife the Kiwi way.

When a whale brought Wellington to a halt

When a whale brought Wellington to a halt

Winter was an exciting time for whale watchers in Wellington, and a busy time for DOC.

Full steam ahead for Auckland Island

Full steam ahead for Auckland Island

Pigs, cats and mice have been causing a lot of damage on Auckland Island for over 200 years. A feasibility study for an eradication project is now underway.

Greenkeepers taking a swing at pest control

Greenkeepers taking a swing at pest control

When Auckland’s Remuera Golf Course went for the international Golf Environmental Organisation certification in 2015, head greenkeeper Spencer Cooper immediately got on the line to DOC in Auckland.

Banded Dotterel Nesting Season – Finding the near unfindable

Banded Dotterel Nesting Season – Finding the near unfindable

“It sat down, it sat down!” This is the exclamation of an excited birder looking for banded dotterel/pohowera nests. It’s breeding season and its time figure out if our new predator cages will work to help boost nesting success.

Fiordland Kiwi Diaries: Guest post from Shy Lake

Fiordland Kiwi Diaries: Guest post from Shy Lake

We’re on the front lines of the Save Our Iconic Kiwi initiative. This is the sixteenth in a series following the work being done to save the Fiordland tokoeka (kiwi).

Tramping blind on the Kepler Track

Tramping blind on the Kepler Track

Despite a visual impairment that means she can only see light and dark, Mary Fisher is a keen tramper and advocate for getting out and enjoying New Zealand’s natural environment. Mary shares with us her experience walking the Kepler Track.

Fiordland Kiwi Diaries: Our second season of nest monitoring

Fiordland Kiwi Diaries: Our second season of nest monitoring

We caught up with Tim, a ranger on the front lines of the Save Our Iconic Kiwi initiative. This is the fifteenth in a series following the work he’s doing to save the Fiordland tokoeka (kiwi).

The prospering wildlife of Whakau

The prospering wildlife of Whakau

Whakau or Red Mercury Island sits tantalisingly close to the mainland – yet much of what is found there is distinctly different to what is found on the nearby Coromandel peninsula. To date over 500 separate species of plants, invertebrates, reptiles and birds have been recorded here, a small number of which are unique to the Mercury Islands group.

 

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