The Notorious Nestor notabilis: Conservation of the Clever Kea

Hiking the Edwards-Hawdon Route in Arthur’s Pass National Park a few weeks ago, I had my first encounter with the majestic, yet devious, kea (Nestor notabilis). While stopping to catch my breath, a curious kea hopped over to greet me. I was thrilled to see this beautiful bird for the first…

Predafiles: how to solve the problem of pest mammals in NZ

Pest mammal control, in particular the use of 1080, has long been a hot topic in New Zealand. Feratox owner, Jeremy Kerr did an excellent job of reigniting the 1080 debate last year when he threatened to contaminate baby powder with the toxin. The media storm that followed highlighted the polarising nature…

1080: delusion and confusion

In which we see the value of rational thinking. We all behave irrationally at times. I like to think that I am rational about most things but I do have an irrational dislike of rugby league. I am passionate about rugby union but the similar code leaves me very cold….

Danger UXB! What happens to poison in pest carcasses?

Lincoln University has a special link to the German University of Goettingen. We run a joint Master of International Nature Conservation. Students who enrol in this degree spend a semester at each university doing papers. So each year we have about 15, mainly European, post grad students in our classes…

Don’t feel off-colour! Stopping kea eating poison baits

One of the difficulties of living with teenage boys (of which I have three) is that it is impossible to keep food for any length of time. Well that’s not true exactly; food that grew on a tree or in the ground can last a very long time. Other foods…

Let’s Save our Forests, Native Species and Agricultural Industry… Nah, Let’s Argue Instead

This blog post was written by postgraduate student Thomas Agnew as part of the course, Research Methods in Ecology (Ecol 608). Thomas revisits a Lincoln University research area on the use of toxins for possum control published since the early 1990s. Signs of protest against DOC controlled 1080 drops The…