Why do you hunt? Find the answer with science

A few years ago, I believed that hunting was one of the worst activities humans could do. I thought hunting was only represented by killing wild animals and causing pain and suffering in free animals. However, when I started my Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management, I began to explore the…

Sitting on the Fence: Are Predator-Proof Fences a Solution to New Zealand’s Biodiversity Challenges?

Only about a third of New Zealanders are concerned about their country’s species, while most of the public believes that native animals and plants are in a good state. In a way, it does make sense to think that New Zealand’s biodiversity is doing well. The country has a rich…

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…

Burrow flaps a species saver

Chatham petrels are an endangered seabird species, endemic to New Zealand’s Chatham Islands. In 1990 Chatham petrels were classed as critically endangered, restricted to a single breeding population of 200-400 birds on Rangatira Island, and declining rapidly thanks to unsustainably low breeding success. Over 20 years of conservation effort has…

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Bartering Biodiversity – Offset or Upset?

This blog post was written by postgraduate student Cathy Mountier as part of the course, Research Methods in Ecology (Ecol608). Cathy revisits a Lincoln University research area that looks at the value of biodiversity offsets published in 2008. I love a win-win approach to problem solving. Wouldn’t it be great…

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Conservation in our time!

This blog post was written by postgraduate student Alex Rowell as part of the course, Research Methods in Ecology (Ecol608). Alex revisits a Lincoln University research area that looks at the value of biodiversity offsets published in 2009.   Is biodiversity offsetting a viable conservation strategy? Or does it simply distract us from…