Dept. of Conservation Blog

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Monitoring our Marine Reserves: Surprising ideas

Monitoring our Marine Reserves: Surprising ideas

Marine Ranger Tom MacTavish takes us through the fifth and final installment in our blog series from the marine reserve monitoring project at Banks Peninsula using baited underwater video. The process of publishing this work on social media has encouraged conversation on some interesting ideas.

How nature shapes health around the world

How nature shapes health around the world

Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 8-14 October. Healthy Nature Healthy People Co-ordinator Helen Gillespie spent time earlier this year discovering how countries around the world are enabling their people to let nature in.

Strengthen your wellbeing and ‘Let Nature In’

Strengthen your wellbeing and ‘Let Nature In’

This year Mental Health Awareness Week (8-14 October) comes hard on the heels of Conservation Week. Challenge your workmates to get together outdoors and let nature in to strengthen your health and wellbeing.

Marlborough students get involved in teaching conservation

Marlborough students get involved in teaching conservation

A partnership between our staff and Marlborough District Council (MDC) saw a traditional teachers’ workshop evolve into something a little bit special this year. Community Ranger Wendy Sullivan explains how Marlborough students taught their teachers a thing or two about conservation.

Powell Hut: A Wairarapa icon

Powell Hut: A Wairarapa icon

Powell Hut is being rebuilt to improve the structure and provide a better experience for visitors to Tararua Forest Park. Today on the blog we pay tribute to this Wairarapa icon.

Collecting seed to save a species

Collecting seed to save a species

Myrtle rust is a fungal disease affecting New Zealand’s native Myrtaceae family. More than 60 million Myrtaceae seeds have been collected for long term storage to future proof these plants from the diesease. Technical Threats Advisor Jacqui Bond has been working on the collection of seed from populations of 37 threatened species around the country.

Celebrating Conservation Week around the country

Celebrating Conservation Week around the country

Thousands of New Zealand’s took up the challenge this Conservation Week and got involved in protecting our native flora, fauna, marine and freshwater spaces! From tree plantings to beach cleanups here is a small snapshot of what went on around the country last week.

The Conservation Effect: Why backyard biodiversity matters

The Conservation Effect: Why backyard biodiversity matters

Conservation Week runs from 15 – 23 September. This week, help New Zealand’s biodiversity by completing a conservation activity at home. These actions don’t just make your garden look good they also help protect our native species from predators, provide sources of food for native birds and reduce harm to wildlife and plants beyond your own backyard.

This Conservation Week, nature is asking for your help

This Conservation Week, nature is asking for your help

New Zealand’s wildlife is in crisis with more than 4,000 of our species threatened or at risk. These species include those that you may be familiar with, like the Māui dolphin and Kakapo, and those that are lesser well known including fungi, snails, insects, lizards and fish. All these species are part of what makes New Zealand unique.

Dogs at beaches: Be a best friend with wildlife

Dogs at beaches: Be a best friend with wildlife

As Conservation Week approaches, Marine Science Advisor Laura shares tips for managing dogs near wildlife at the beach.

 

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