November 26, 2018 by
Awards and funding, community partnerships, DOC, ECan, Ecology, Events, Funding, genetic, Lower Waitaki, Makarora, Newsletters, Reports, Research, Waitaki
Tēnā koutou, I was about to start writing this when Ann-Kathryn Schlesselmann’s email popped up in my inbox, with the news that her PhD thesis is completed and now available. Ann-Kathrin has been researching the genetics of black-fronted terns/tarapirohe for the past few years. Her findings represents a significant breakthrough on several levels, and a […]
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November 26, 2018 by
Black-backed gull, black-fronted terns, Breeding, Canterbury Water Management Strategy, Ecology, genetic, Lower Waitaki, pest weeds, population trends, Waitaki, weeds
Ann-Kathrin Schlesselmann has been researching the genetics of black-fronted terns/tarapirohe for the past few years for her PhD thesis. Her findings represents a signficant breakthrough on several levels, and a clear signal that we have to start managing South Island rivers as interlinked rather than isolated systems. Ann-Kathrin summarises her findings below: “In a nutshell, […]
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April 8, 2018 by
banded dotterel, bird survey, Black-billed gull, black-fronted terns, Breeding, Clarence River, Ecology, gene editing, genetic, Lower Waitaki, Newsletters, pest mammals, Reports, Research, seabirds, trapping, traps, wrybill
Greetings, At our last meeting in February, Ailsa’s Howard’s presentation on the use of ‘nesting cages’ on South Bay, Kaikoura, was impressive, to say the least. This method is proving to be a highly successful technique for saving nesting dotterels, with the added social engagement benefit of placing emphasis on ‘saving’ birds rather than ‘killing’ […]
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March 24, 2018 by
biology, gene editing, genetic, pest mammals, pest weeds, Research
Every now and then I’m asked a not-so rhetorical question. It’s phrased in different ways, but it comes down to this: are we ever going to win the war against predators and pest species? Or are we wasting our time fighting a (ultimately) losing battle? The way I (and probably most of you) see it, […]
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