Predator Free NZ

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It was one year ago that the goal of a predator-free New Zealand by 2050 was announced. DOC report that community and public support to date has been overwhelming. Why not plan a conservation unit and tie in some field work to eradicate predators - or monitor your school?

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Rakitū Island in the Hauraki Gulf has been declared predator free. Shorebirds, Sea Birds, Predator, Rats, Conservation, New Zealand, Behavior, National Parks, Island

Rakitū Island declared predator free after rats eradicated

Rakitū Island in the Hauraki Gulf has been declared predator free.

Moving any new control measures from the lab to the landscape is as much a social challenge as it is a biological challenge.  In response to this need, this Bioethics Panel was co-convened by Drs Emily Parke (Philosophy) and James Russell (Biology) from the UoA as part of the BioHeritage project High tech solutions to invasive mammal pest control.  The Panel brings together a wide range of academic, industry and community experts who horizon-scan the social, cultural and ethical issues ... Social Challenges, Ethical Issues, One Year Ago, Free News, Pest Control, Predator, Biology, Philosophy, Lab

Bioethics Panel

To achieve the vision of Predator Free New Zealand 2050, researchers need to develop novel tools and technologies for cost-effective, landscape-scale control, eradication and surveillance of small mammal pests.

During the lockdown of we hosted several webinars on a range of predator control topics. Predator, Bats, Conservation, Zero, Environment, Range, Layout, Suit, Community

Webinars - Predator Free NZ

During the COVID-19 lockdown of 2020, we hosted several webinars on a range of predator control topics.

The Side Eye is a monthly non-fiction comic by Toby Morris, supported by NZ On Air. Side Eye, Predator, Fiction, Happy Things, Eyes, Comics, Conservation, Birds, Community

The Side Eye: The Trap Life

The Side Eye is a monthly non-fiction comic by Toby Morris, supported by NZ On Air. Read the rest of the series here.

Inside the Conservation Department’s battle against record numbers of rodents Rodents, Predator, Rats, Conservation, Ranger, Battle, Number, Big, Free

Rat-aclysm tests forest defences

Inside the Conservation Department’s battle against record numbers of rodents

Predator Free New Zealand by 2050 Behavioural Ecology, John Key, Killing Rats, Research Scientist, Opossum, Pet Health, Predator, Conservation, Kangaroo

Scientists have begun investigating how to wipe out the last surviving pests in New Zealand's bold bid to rid itself of rats, stoats and possums by 2050. A new $7.5 million programme, led by Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research scientists, aims to overcome what's long been a headache for predator-busting efforts – how to eliminate that final 5 per cent which manage to hang on. The Government's ambitious Predator Free 2050 initiative required scientific breakthroughs that could lift the kill…

Stoats and weasels are both small, brown, fast and ferocious mustelids with sinuous bodies and short legs. So how do you tell the difference? Zoo Animals, Cute Animals, Animals Planet, Wild Kratts, Save The Elephants, British Wildlife, Wild Creatures, Endangered Species, Nature Pictures

Stoat and weasel guide: how to identify, habitat, diet and best places to spot

Stoats and weasels are fast and ferocious, with sinuous bodies and short legs. Part of the mustelid family, learn how to identify and where to see in the UK

"" We reckon there might be an experiment in this - like 'What baits were most effective at your school? Go Outdoors, Pest Control, Predator, Experiment, Conservation, Bubbles, Activities, Learning, School

Feed them Rose's chocolates: a veteran rat trapper's no-fail guide to pest control

Don't throw those old chocolates out - they make excellent rat bait.

The goal of becoming predator free in 30 years could be hampered by conflicts, inadequate planning and uncertainty, a report warns. Ethical Issues, One Year Ago, Free In, Predator, New Zealand, Literacy, Challenges, Australia, Goals

Warning predator free goal faces 'conflicts' and uncertainty

The goal of becoming predator free in 30 years could be hampered by conflicts, inadequate planning and uncertainty, a report warns.

OPINION: Ospri's​ admission that it poisoned 90 per cent of deer in one area of Molesworth using aerial 1080 was unique. Not just because of the rare admission of culpability, more as a rule. Ospri does not monitor outcomes of its aerial 1080 operations. Priorities, Predator, New Zealand, Monitor, Deer, Unique, Nature, Nature Illustration, Off Grid

Nature, not natives, must be the priority for Molesworth

OPINION: Dropping toxins like 1080 in the hope "pests" eat the baits before anything else does is little more than "casino conservation".

It seems the more we look, the more we find when it comes to the impacts of invasive pests. European hedgehogs are no exception. Vegetable Garden Planning, Garden Pests, Pest Control, Predator, Conservation, Nativity, Things To Come, Creatures, Hedgehogs

Hedgehogs: recent evidence of their impacts on native fauna

It seems the more we look, the more we find when it comes to the impacts of invasive pests. European hedgehogs are no exception.

Predator Free What are the target species? By Jamie Steer Predator, Monitor, Goal, Target, Public, Free, Target Audience

Predator Free 2050: What are the target species?

Answer: It’s not clear. Ambiguity over target species is counterproductive, both to the goal itself, and to the public’s ability to understand and monitor progress towards it. On 26 July 2016 the then National Government announced a plan to eradicate all of New Zealand’s rats, stoats and possums by 2050. The decision – including the species to be targeted – was recorded in a cabinet minute earlier that month. Background papers show that a range of species were considered for eradication…

Stoats are generally considered capable of swimming up to about but the discovery of a stoat on Rangitoto Island km offshore) in 2010 suggested they may be able to get their little legs paddling for much greater distances. Predator, Uni, New Zealand, Discovery, Swimming, Island, Legs, How To Make, Free

Stoats make a splash

Stoats are generally considered capable of swimming up to about 1.5km, but the discovery of a stoat on Rangitoto Island (3 km offshore) in 2010 suggested they may be able to get their little legs paddling for much greater distances.

Carolyn (Kim) King has spent her career helping to kill-off a thing that she loves, for the sake of protecting our native fauna. Career Help, Predator, Uni, New Zealand, Royal Society, Ferrets, Rodents, Canning, Ecology

Can New Zealand ever be predator free?

Carolyn (Kim) King has spent her career helping to kill-off a thing that she loves, for the sake of protecting our native fauna.

Predator Free NZ Teacher's Guide UNCOVER VARIOUS ASPECTS OF AN ISSUE AND MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT POSSIBLE ACTIONS. EXPLORE THE IMPACT PEOPLE AND INTRODUCED PREDATORS HAVE HAD ON THE UNIQUE WILDLIFE OF AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND. ESSENTIAL QUESTION WHAT ACTIONS CAN WE TAKE TO HELP TO RESTORE THE UNIQUE WILDLIFE OF AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND? Teacher's Guide, Essential Questions, One Year Ago, Free News, Predator, Restore, How To Plan, How To Make, New Zealand

Predator Free NZ Teacher's Guide UNCOVER VARIOUS ASPECTS OF AN ISSUE AND MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT POSSIBLE ACTIONS. EXPLORE THE IMPACT PEOPLE AND INTRODUCED PREDATORS HAVE HAD ON THE UNIQUE WILDLIFE OF AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND. ESSENTIAL QUESTION WHAT ACTIONS CAN WE TAKE TO HELP TO RESTORE THE UNIQUE WILDLIFE OF AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND?

Zero invasive predator fencing - ZIP WEBSITE  HOW LOW CAN YOU GO? A new approach to predator fencing Stock Fencing, Jump Over, Feral Cats, Predator, Ecology, Conservation, Fence, Horses, Canning

HOW LOW CAN YOU GO? A new approach to predator fencing — ZIP

Predator fencing is currently used in New Zealand to protect at-risk flora and fauna in small, predator-free environments, and to prevent contamination of industrial food processing plants. Unfortunately, current predator fencing systems have limited application, due to their high construction and maintenance costs, obtrusive 1800 mm stature, and lack of mobility. ZIP is exploring predator fencing solutions for a wider New Zealand context, particularly for use around rural and…