August 2017 – Predator-free 2050

  Can we rid New Zealand of possums, rats and stoats by 2050? ‘Yes, we can,” says Forest & Bird’s Advocacy manager, Kevin Hackwell, who will be the guest speaker at the AGM of the Aongatete Forest Restoration Trust. But Kevin cautions that this is an ambitious goal and will require new techniques and a co-ordinated team effort across communities, iwi, and the public and private sectors. Caution doesn’t come naturally to this dynamo of a man who has been on the frontlin...
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Cheeky robins a measure of forest’s health

The forest at Aongatete is now alive with birds after 12 years of pest control and soon 20 volunteers are going to prove it. A count of North Island robin will take place in the forest on Sunday, 30 July, organized by the Aongatete Forest Project. “Robins are cute, engaging, cheeky birds,” says project chair Barbara McGillivray, “and they’re also a good indicator that the forest is coming alive again. “When I first started volunteering for pest control in 2007 if we heard just one r...
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Curious creatures get along just fine

photo by David Mudge
Some partnerships just seem right – cheese and crackers, McCaw and Carter, bats and wood roses. These last two get along perfectly because New Zealand’s short-tailed bat is about the only bat in the world to spend most of its life on the forest floor. The wood rose is a parasitic plant that lives on tree roots and relies on the bat to pollinate its flowers. These bats and wood roses are rarities and, like many of New Zealand’s unique species, are struggling to survive. The Departmen...
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Birds and breakfast make for a unique event

The dawn chorus of our native birds is world class, and locals will have a chance to hear it next month at a Breakfast With The Birds event at Aongatete Forest. The event is being organized by the Aongatete Forest Trust, and chairwoman Barbara McGillivray says it will be something special. “We have been doing predator control in the forest for 10 years now, and we thought it would be a good opportunity for people to get the chance to hear the result of that work.” " order_by="sortorder"...
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