New poisons for rat control

New Zealand has many problems with introduced mammalian pest species like rats. Rats are present in such vast numbers that the most common means of control is in poisoning wild populations. There has been a great deal of work put in to finding more effective and humane ways to poison…

After several decades, tui are again breeding on Banks Peninsula

Young tui. Flickr photo by Mollivan Jon Last April, we blogged about the release of 30 tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae, an endemic New Zealand song bird) onto Banks Peninsula to attempt to re-establish a self-sustaining wild population. Lincoln University lecturer Laura Molles has been leading the population monitoring. Laura and Karen…

I spy road-kill

the outcome of stoat versus car Originally uploaded by Mollivan Jon Nature doesn’t operate at the speed of Twitter. Well, maybe it does for microbes. It takes more patience to see changes in populations of big things like birds and trees. It typically requires stitching together lots of observations over…