EXTINCTION and EXTINCT NZ SPECIES

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Feather from extinct huia expected to sell for thousands at auction – STUFF ARTICLE May 2024
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Gene editing company hopes to bring dodo ‘back to life’
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Should we bring back the thylacine? We asked 5 experts
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Loss of nature pushing nations toward sovereign credit downgrades- BENNET INSTITUTE PUBLIC POLICY
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This Is How It Ends: How we're driving our distinctive native penguins towards extinction -STUFF '21
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UN sets out Paris-type plan to cut extinctions by factor of 10
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Poem of the week: Huia by Bill Manhire
Giving voice to a now extinct New Zealand bird, this is a plaintive but urgent warning about ecological fragility
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Caveat Collectors
Extinction has claimed nearly fifty per cent of Aotearoa New Zealand’s bird species over the past 650 years. The persistent myth has it that European settlement in the nineteenth century swept away a pristine past. And most obviously, because we know their names and can catalogue (literally) their infamy, that story includes the professional bird collectors as the cause of those extinctions.
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Importing Australia’s chlamydia bears
Are koalas climate change refugees deserving of a warm Kiwi welcome or a potential environmental risk to already struggling ecosystems? They’re cute, leaf-eating and have lost vast swathes of habitat in their home country, but is offering up NZ’s eucalypt plantations as a home-away-from-home for koala a wise idea? It’s a cuddlier version of the image of New Zealand being a billionaire's bolt-hole. Are our forests, with their lack of predators for large mammals, a conservation estate ...
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What happened on Stack H?
The Mokohinau stag beetle is one of the world’s most endangered species, occupying less than an acre of scrub on a rocky tower in the middle of the ocean. Its habitat is so precarious that Auckland Zoo and DOC are hoping to safeguard a population of beetles on the mainland as a form of insurance—that is, if there are any left.
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Closure on a fishy cold case
A PhD student has possibly cracked the case on one of New Zealand’s fish mysteries and his work could shed light on risks facing longfin eels. It’s been an enduring whodunnit. Who and what killed New Zealand’s grayling? The freshwater fish, about the size of a small trout was once so abundant its babies were shovelled onto market gardens as fertiliser. It also was said to make a fine meal. The widespread, and reportedly beautiful fish disappeared shortly after European settlement.
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Moa footprints found in Otago river
Ranfurly man Michael Johnston made a discovery of international significance, putting the Maniototo into the record books by finding a series of fossilised moa footprints millions of years old. The footprints were the first moa prints to be found in the South Island and a "glimpse into the past before the ice age", Prof Ewan Fordyce, of the University of Otago's department of geology, said.
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Aotearoa's extinct bird calls
Te Papa's Te Taiao exhibition features Aotearoa's extinct birds, and imagines what they would have sounded like in the wild. The bird calls were recreated by sound designers in Wellington, and have featured on Morning Report. Click on the links to hear the calls of the Haast's eagle, moa, Finsch's duck, New Zealand goose, and the huia.
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Stuff
Those seven prints – the first ever found preserved in the South Island – are likely to be significantly older than the 10 North Island sites, where some 25 prints were preserved. "This is a pretty important find for New Zealand," Fleury said.
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Aotearoa's extinct birds, heard again at Te Papa - RNZ NEWS
Hear what the extinct moa and Haast eagle might have sounded like!