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Fiordland Kiwi Diaries: Guest post by Crystal Brindle

By   /  January 17, 2019  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Conservation, Department of Conservation, DJF, DOC ranger, DOC staff, Environment, Fiordland, Fiordland Kiwi Diaries, KB, KB, kiwi, Kiwi Ranger, New Zealand Government, Public Sector, ranger  /  Comments Off on Fiordland Kiwi Diaries: Guest post by Crystal Brindle

Source: Department of Conservation We’re on the front lines of the Save Our Iconic Kiwi initiative. This is the eighteenth in a series following the work being done to save the Fiordland tokoeka (kiwi). Our ranger Tim and his team have been studying the population of kiwi at Shy Lake to find out how to best protect them from predators […]

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Hide your snacks: Litter & our birds

By   /  January 16, 2019  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Camping, Conservation, Department of Conservation, DJF, Environment, FifthEstate1, Food, KB, KB, KEA, Native animals, New Zealand Government, Public Sector, Rubbish, Weka  /  Comments Off on Hide your snacks: Litter & our birds

Source: Department of Conservation When we think of litter, we probably have a pretty solid idea of what that is. Maybe it’s a plastic bag, or a chips packet. What about a drink bottle? Sure. But would you consider tossing your banana peel into the bushes as OK to do because ‘it will biodegrade’? How […]

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Some simple rules for drone users

By   /  December 31, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Conservation, Department of Conservation, DJF, Drone, Environment, KB, KB, National parks, New Zealand Government, Public Sector, Recreation, UAV, Visit the Kiwi way, visitors  /  Comments Off on Some simple rules for drone users

Source: Department of Conservation Got a new drone for Christmas? Did you know the Civil Aviation Authority classify them as an aircraft? This means there are some rules you need to follow. These rules are not there to kill your fun – in fact there are some extremely important reasons behind them that you might […]

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An impressive way to clean a toilet

By   /  December 24, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Cathedral Cove, Conservation, Coromandel, Department of Conservation, DJF, Environment, KB, KB, New Zealand Government, Public Sector, Recreation, Tolilets  /  Comments Off on An impressive way to clean a toilet

Source: Department of Conservation Our parks and reserves are visited by droves of tourists over the busy summer season, most of whom will inevitably need to ‘answer the call of nature’ at some point during their visit. So how do we stop stop some of our most treasured conservation areas from turning into veritable toilets […]

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Fiordland Kiwi Diaries: Guest post from Ranger Anne

By   /  December 20, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Animal pests, Breeding, Conservation, Department of Conservation, DJF, DOC ranger, Environment, Fiordland, Fiordland Kiwi Diaries, KB, KB, kiwi, Native animals, native birds, New Zealand Government, Pest control, Public Sector  /  Comments Off on Fiordland Kiwi Diaries: Guest post from Ranger Anne

Source: Department of Conservation We’re on the front lines of the Save Our Iconic Kiwi initiative. This is the seventeenth in a series following the work being done to save the Fiordland tokoeka (kiwi). Our ranger Tim and his team have been studying the population of kiwi at Shy Lake to find out how to best protect them from predators […]

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Royal cam update: Starting the season with a record number of eggs laid

By   /  December 19, 2018  /  24/7 News, Albatross, AM-NC, Conservation, Department of Conservation, DJF, Environment, KB, KB, New Zealand Government, Otago, Public Sector, pukekura, royal albatross, Royal Cam, Taiaroa Head, working at DOC  /  Comments Off on Royal cam update: Starting the season with a record number of eggs laid

Source: Department of Conservation By Jim Watts, Ranger Biodiversity The Royal albatross is one of the largest seabirds in the world. There are two species of royal albatross, the Southern royal and Northern royal. We are extremely privileged to host a Northern royal albatross colony at Pukekura/Taiaroa Head. A record number of fifty-one eggs have […]

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Volunteer spotlight: Anaura Bay campsite

By   /  December 18, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Anaura bay, Camping, christmas, Conservation, Department of Conservation, DJF, Environment, KB, KB, New Zealand Government, Public Sector, Recreation, Volunteers  /  Comments Off on Volunteer spotlight: Anaura Bay campsite

Source: Department of Conservation Without the passionate volunteers who help DOC in so many ways, we couldn’t deliver the vast array of conservation-based activities that take part across New Zealand’s public conservation lands and waters virtually 24/7.  New Zealanders and our visitors are enriched by outdoor experiences. Volunteers play a vital role for conservation in […]

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9 New Zealand tracks to explore this holiday season

By   /  December 17, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Conservation, Day Hikes, Department of Conservation, DJF, Environment, KB, KB, New Zealand Government, New Zealand hikes, Public Sector, Recreation, tracks, tramping, walking, Walking/hiking/tramping  /  Comments Off on 9 New Zealand tracks to explore this holiday season

Source: Department of Conservation ‘Tis the season for a lot of things, namely – getting outdoors and enjoying this beautiful country. In between all the festivities of the holidays, we expect a lot of New Zealanders and visitors will be looking to get moving in nature. We asked our local experts – the DOC rangers […]

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The do’s and don’ts of interacting with NZ’s native wildlife

By   /  December 16, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Conservation, Department of Conservation, DJF, Environment, KB, KB, KEA, marine mammals, Native animals, New Zealand Government, Public Sector, safety, Uncategorized, Wildlife  /  Comments Off on The do’s and don’ts of interacting with NZ’s native wildlife

Source: Department of Conservation If you’re here from overseas visiting our unique nature; or are from elsewhere in the country exploring your wider backyard, here are some hot tips to treat wildlife the Kiwi way. 1 – Don’t get too close New Zealand’s native species are unique, precious and fascinating. It’s tempting to try and […]

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When a whale brought Wellington to a halt

By   /  December 14, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Conservation, Department of Conservation, DJF, Environment, KB, KB, Marine, Matariki, New Zealand Government, Public Sector, southern right whale, Wellington, Wellington/Kapiti, Whale  /  Comments Off on When a whale brought Wellington to a halt

Source: Department of Conservation By Hannah Hendriks, Marine Species Support Officer. Winter was an exciting time for whale watchers in Wellington, and a busy time for DOC. Over the winter months we were treated to two exciting encounters of the whale kind in Wellington Harbour. Early in July, the harbour was visited by a lone […]

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Full steam ahead for Auckland Island

By   /  December 12, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Animal pests, Auckland islands, Conservation, Department of Conservation, DJF, Environment, KB, KB, New Zealand Government, Pest control, pest eradication, Public Sector, working at DOC  /  Comments Off on Full steam ahead for Auckland Island

Source: Department of Conservation By Rose Hanley-Nickolls, Project Assistant. As I type, the yacht ‘Evohe’ is somewhere in the Southern Ocean, steaming for Auckland Island 465km south of Stewart Island. I’m following them on the Marine Traffic website, willing them on wards. Remote, rugged and incredibly beautiful: the view over Carnley Harbour. 📷: Finlay Cox […]

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Greenkeepers taking a swing at pest control

By   /  December 10, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Animal pests, Auckland, Conservation, Department of Conservation, DJF, Environment, KB, KB, New Zealand Government, partnership, Partnerships, Pest control, Public Sector, Training, trapping  /  Comments Off on Greenkeepers taking a swing at pest control

Source: Department of Conservation By Julie Kidd, Strategic Partnerships Advisor When Auckland’s Remuera Golf Course went for the international Golf Environmental Organisation (GEO) certification in 2015, course superintendent (head greenkeeper) Spencer Cooper immediately got on the line to the Department of Conservation in Auckland. Part of the accreditation required participation in a community driven conservation […]

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Banded Dotterel Nesting Season – Finding the near unfindable

By   /  December 7, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, birds, Conservation, Department of Conservation, DJF, Environment, KB, KB, Native animals, native birds, nesting, New Zealand Government, Predator control, Public Sector  /  Comments Off on Banded Dotterel Nesting Season – Finding the near unfindable

Source: Department of Conservation “It sat down, it sat down!” This is the exclamation of an excited birder looking for banded dotterel/pohowera nests. It’s breeding season and its time figure out if our new predator cages will work to help boost nesting success. Ever tried looking for a nest? If you have no patience, forget […]

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Fiordland Kiwi Diaries: Guest post from Shy Lake

By   /  December 5, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Animal pests, Conservation, Department of Conservation, DJF, DOC ranger, Environment, Fiordland, Fiordland Kiwi Diaries, Fiordland National Park, Haast tokoeka, Jobs at DOC, KB, KB, kiwi, National parks, Native animals, Native plants, New Zealand Government, Public Sector, Science  /  Comments Off on Fiordland Kiwi Diaries: Guest post from Shy Lake

Source: Department of Conservation We’re on the front lines of the Save Our Iconic Kiwi initiative. This is the sixteenth in a series following the work being done to save the Fiordland tokoeka (kiwi). Our ranger Tim and his team have been studying the population of kiwi at Shy Lake to find out how to best protect them from predators […]

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Tramping blind on the Kepler Track

By   /  November 26, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Conservation, Department of Conservation, Disability Pride Week, DJF, Environment, Fiordland, Great Walks, KB, KB, Kepler Track, New Zealand Government, Public Sector, Recreation, tramping, Walking/hiking/tramping  /  Comments Off on Tramping blind on the Kepler Track

Source: Department of Conservation By Sarah Wilcox Despite a visual impairment that means she can only see light and dark, Mary Fisher is a keen tramper and advocate for getting out and enjoying New Zealand’s natural environment. Sarah invited Mary to walk the Kepler Track with her group of 10 family members earlier this year. […]

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Fiordland Kiwi Diaries: Our second season of nest monitoring

By   /  November 25, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Animal pests, Conservation, Department of Conservation, DJF, DOC ranger, Environment, Fiordland, Fiordland Kiwi Diaries, Fiordland National Park, Haast tokoeka, Jobs at DOC, KB, KB, kiwi, National parks, Native animals, Native plants, New Zealand Government, Public Sector, Science  /  Comments Off on Fiordland Kiwi Diaries: Our second season of nest monitoring

Source: Department of Conservation We caught up with Tim, a ranger on the front lines of the Save Our Iconic Kiwi initiative. This is the fifteenth in a series following the work he’s doing to save the Fiordland tokoeka (kiwi). Tim and his team have been studying the population of kiwi at Shy Lake to find […]

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The prospering wildlife of Whakau

By   /  November 22, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, biodiversity, Conservation, Department of Conservation, DJF, Environment, Islands, KB, KB, Native animals, New Zealand Government, Public Sector, Red Mercury Island, tusked-wētā, Whakau  /  Comments Off on The prospering wildlife of Whakau

Source: Department of Conservation by Alison McDonald, DOC Ranger New Zealand’s periphery is dotted with small out-lying islands, and while it might seem logical to think of these as extensions to the mainland or mere microcosms of the familiar – the reality is that these places, isolated only by a small expanse of sea, offer […]

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Sound of Science: Saving our snails

By   /  November 21, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Conservation, Department of Conservation, DJF, Environment, gastropods, KB, KB, Native animals, New Zealand Government, Powelliphanta, Public Sector, Science, Science Advisor, snails  /  Comments Off on Sound of Science: Saving our snails

Source: Department of Conservation “Powelliphanta appear to be “painted on the landscape” in a way which no other land snails in New Zealand are.” Science Advisor Kath Walker has been studying Powelliphanta snails for nearly four decades and has recently submitted her PhD on this ancient lineage of snail – an awesome achievement to someone so […]

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The rediscovery of the takehē – seventy years on

By   /  November 20, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, birds, Conservation, Department of Conservation, DJF, Environment, Fiordland, Historic, KB, KB, National parks, Native animals, New Zealand Government, Public Sector, Takahē, Takahe Rescue  /  Comments Off on The rediscovery of the takehē – seventy years on

Source: Department of Conservation Seventy years ago today, New Zealand was given a second chance to save a taonga once thought extinct. On 20 November 1948 Invercargill doctor Geoffrey Orbell led a team – including Neil McCrostie, Rex Watson and Joan Telfer – deep into the remote Murchison Mountains of Fiordland National Park. They were on the hunt for a […]

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Dog owners: Seven Simple Steps to Share the Beach

By   /  November 15, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Beach, Conservation, Department of Conservation, DJF, dogs, Environment, KB, KB, Little blue penguin, Marine, Native animals, New Zealand Government, Public Sector, sea lions, seals  /  Comments Off on Dog owners: Seven Simple Steps to Share the Beach

Source: Department of Conservation By Laura Boren, dog owner and Marine Science Advisor. The days will be starting to get longer, and more people will be hitting the beach. Following on from my series of blogs, me and my dog-buddy Mack are back to give dog owners some easy tips for managing dogs in coastal environments. […]

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