A Fan Tale

(Photo of fantail by Jon Sullivan, CC-BY_NC, www.flickr.com/photos/mollivan_jon/26851270492/) Jerusha Brown is in her final year of a Bachelor of Science majoring in Conservation and Ecology at Lincoln University. She spent the summer doing a research scholarship and tells us about one of her results. Fantails are one of the most common,…

Local flasher ignored

Figuring out which animals are present in an area can be a difficult task. We often need to count local populations of endangered or pest species or check to see if certain individuals are present. Sometimes we can simply go out and count but often the terrain makes this impossible…

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…

Weta accommodation popular, long-drops included!

What is the plight of the Banks Peninsula tree weta, Hemideina ricta, the rarest tree weta in New Zealand? The Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust helped Lincoln University contact over 40 enthusiastic landowners keen to know if they had weta on their patch. The resulting Weta Watchers group has helped put…