June 2018 – Seeds for the future

Planting seeds is all about hope. Provided they are watered and the birds don’t scratch them up, tiny carrot seeds will put up their first feathery leaf within a week. But the equally tiny Dactylanthus seeds we sowed in the Aongatete forest may not poke their knobby buds out of the leaf litter for eight years! It is not that the seeds lie dormant all that time. Their first tiny roots must reach and penetrate the root of a host plant if they are to make any progress, for Dactylanthus is pa...
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The Lazarus Effect – Protect one species and resurrect a whole forest

Ann Graeme shares her personal stories of native New Zealand birds and insects that have returned after community pest control is carried out for another species. She calls it the “Lazarus effect”. It rained in the night. My pack is heavy with rat bait, and I am following East 5, a bait line marked with pink ribbon, through the forest. Up, down, up the bank. It’s steep and slippery, and I pull myself higher, clutching the tree trunks. There’s the bait station. I open i...
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