Kokako successfully anchored in ‘safe’ forest

This blog post was written by postgraduate student Anna Reuleaux as part of the course, Research Methods in Ecology (Ecol 608). North Island kokako are an endangered New Zealand forest species known for their beautiful song. In the past conservationists have translocated these birds from mainland areas to managed islands…

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…

Will nature sort itself out?

This blog post was written by postgraduate student Phil Cochrane as part of the course, Research Methods in Ecology (Ecol 608). “At worst, the current practice of founding new populations of endangered species with such small numbers of founders may be inducing widespread reproductive failure and hastening their extinction.” Briskie…

Tui are back! Returning Banks Peninsula’s lost birds

The modern Canterbury PlainsOriginally uploaded by Mollivan Jon The lowlands of Canterbury, New Zealand, have gone through about as complete an ecological transformation as can be imagined. Before Polynesian settlers arrived, around 800 years ago, the Canterbury lowlands were cloaked with diverse native forest. By the time European settlers arrived,…