Protection in place after forestry crew spot nest
A pair of karearea/New Zealand native falcons found by a logging crew last week have been given a wide berth so their two eggs can hatch. The area of forest where the birds were found, 25 kilometres u...
When rehoming wildlife, Indigenous leadership delivers the best results
Western science often focuses on specific parts of complex ecosystems, but Indigenous knowledge systems consider all parts as interconnected and inseparable. This achieves better conservation results.
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Forget love at first sight – finding the perfect match is all in the genes. Well, if you’re an animal on the brink of extinction that is. As a conservation geneticist, aka ‘genetic matchmaker’, it’s Tammy Steeves' job to find the ideal mate for some of Aotearoa New Zealand's most endangered native species. In this episode, Dr Steeves, Associate Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at UC, talks about her fascinating work and how she’s helping to preserve the genetic diversity…
Animal X-Factor - SLH SUMMARY CONNECTED JOURNAL RESOURCE
This article asks us to consider why we like some animals more than others and whether this matters when it comes to conservation. Biologist Sophie Fern directs our attention to attributes such as an animal’s size, colour, distinctiveness and cuteness, and the roles these play in how we regard the animal. She also notes that it’s hard to get excited about animals that we’ve never met, and unless the animal is in the media, we may not give it much thought!
IN HER NATURE: Living with nature in an urban world — SLH RESOURCE
As urban populations increase, native species in urban areas are increasingly affected by human-led pollution, urbanisation and the impacts of climate change. In this story, we meet researcher Dr Yolanda van Heezik who is investigating how people and nature can coexist in today’s urban world. This is part of the series In Her Nature: New Zealand women changing the way we connect with the world around us, exploring New Zealand women working at the intersection of people and nature.
IN HER NATURE: Do our biases affect what we protect? — SLH RESOURCE
Why do we find some animals cute and others terrifying? In this story, we meet Sophie Fern who is exploring what we like and what we don’t about native species and what that might mean for conservation efforts. This is part of the series In Her Nature: New Zealand women changing the way we connect with the world around us, meeting New Zealand women working at the intersection of people and nature.
Precious pekapeka making CHB their home - NZ Herald
We rise at 4.30am. Our bodies are tired. We only laid our heads down at 1am, so we snap ourselves awake with cherries and chocolate and a quick cup of tea. We are going to see if harp traps set in A'Deane's Bush have caught any of the long-tailed bats we know are in the area. Abi Quinnell and I walk past the big totara. It seems even bigger in the first light of dawn. We look into the cotton bag at the bottom of the trap. To our delight there is one tiny ball of fur tucked into a corner...
New Zealand bats – pekapeka — TEACHING RESOURCE
Bats are found throughout the world, except in areas of extreme cold. New Zealand has three species of endemic bats – the long-tailed bat, the lesser short-tailed bat and the greater short-tailed bat, which is thought to be extinct. Bats are nocturnal, they rest during the day and are active at night. New Zealand bats like to roost in old large hollow trees and sometimes in caves. Although native bush is their preferred habitat, they can also be found in urban areas. Bats can be found alone…
Conservation of our native bats – pekapeka — TEACHING RESOURCE
New Zealand bats are fully protected by the Wildlife Act 1953, and their habitats are also protected by the Resource Management Act 1991. There are a variety of conservation efforts being undertaken to protect bats/pekapeka – New Zealand’s only native land mammal. Bat species There are currently two species of bats in New Zealand: the long-tailed bat (Chalinolobus tuberculatus) and the short-tailed bat (Mystacina tuberculata). The greater short-tailed bat (Mystacina robusta) is believed…
The Wild Podcast #21 Ben Paris - New Zealand Native Bats
Ben Paris aka New Zealand Batman is a real life conservation superhero. By day he works at Auckland Zoo but come night he is New Zealand's greatest champion for our only native land mammals.