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Citizen Scientists Can Help Save Freshwater Fish

Friday, 23 October 2020, 11:43 am | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is calling on citizen scientists to celebrate World Fish Migration Day (24 October) by downloading an app and checking out a new video to help assess fish passage barriers. DOC Freshwater Manager Elizabeth Heeg ... More >>

Godwit breaks record for trans-Pacific marathon

Friday, 23 October 2020, 11:37 am | Department of Conservation

A male kūaka/godwit is the talk of the global ornithological community after setting what appears to be a new world record for a non-stop migration marathon from Alaska to the Firth of Thames. More >>

Caution Urged As Dotterels Begin Breeding Season

Tuesday, 13 October 2020, 4:03 pm | Department of Conservation

  Visitors to the Waikato’s wind-swept west coast beaches are being urged to tread carefully as the endangered tūturiwhatu/New Zealand dotterel begin their breeding season. Once widespread across New Zealand, the dotterel is a small shorebird ... More >>

Penguins Aren’t Playthings

Monday, 12 October 2020, 10:34 am | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is disturbed by reports of people in Napier handling kororā/little blue penguins and posting images of themselves with the birds on social media. “Kororā are wild, living animals and it’s very unsettling to ... More >>

Waitomo Walkway A Finalist In Keep New Zealand Beautiful Awards

Thursday, 1 October 2020, 10:52 am | Department of Conservation

One of Waitomo’s most picturesque locations is a finalist in the 2020 Keep New Zealand Beautiful Awards. The Department of Conservation (DOC) is responsible for the management of Ruakuri Nature Walk, a family-friendly loop track considered one ... More >>

Popular backcountry hut burns to the ground

Tuesday, 29 September 2020, 2:27 pm | Department of Conservation

One of Mt Taranaki’s most popular backcountry huts has burnt to the ground. Department of Conservation (DOC) staff today confirmed Lake Dive Hut had been destroyed by a fire. The cause remains unknown at this stage. Although it has yet to be firmly established, ... More >>

Options Development Group Appointed As Partial Reviews Of Conservation Policies Get Under Way

Friday, 25 September 2020, 11:03 am | Department of Conservation

Director-General of Conservation Lou Sanson today announced the appointment of 12 people who will provide advice and recommendations on the partial reviews of the Conservation General Policy and the General Policy for National Parks. The general ... More >>

Illegal Landings Net Chopper Company And Pilot Hefty Fines

Tuesday, 22 September 2020, 2:29 pm | Department of Conservation

Illegally dropping off and collecting hunters from a designated wilderness area in the Kaimanawa Ranges has cost a helicopter company and pilot a combined $32,000. This is by far the highest penalty the Department of Conservation (DOC) has attained ... More >>

Conservation Law Enforcement Pilot For Mahaanui

Thursday, 17 September 2020, 12:21 pm | Department of Conservation

As DOC’s new enforcement system rolls out, the Mahaanui district office is reminding Cantabrians and visitors to follow the conservation laws protecting Aotearoa’s native species. Mahaanui, in Otautahi/Christchurch, is one of the pilot areas for ... More >>

Tahr Control Detail Finalised For 2020/21

Monday, 14 September 2020, 11:00 am | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) has met with the Game Animal Council to discuss where Himalayan tahr control operations will be undertaken this year. DOC recently released its reconsidered Tahr Control Operational Plan for 2020/21. The Game Animal ... More >>

Threatened Wildlife Thrown A Lifeline With New Support Package

Thursday, 10 September 2020, 3:34 pm | Department of Conservation

Wildlife institutions impacted by New Zealand’s COVID-19 response will soon receive support from the Department of Conservation (DOC), with the announcement of 28 successful applications for the Wildlife Institutions Relief Fund. DOC Director General Lou ... More >>

National Wetland Trust Gains Further Funding For Rotopiko Work

Tuesday, 8 September 2020, 10:52 am | Department of Conservation

Restoration work at one of the country’s most important peat lakes complexes has gained a financial boost, with confirmation of a Community Conservation Fund (CCF) grant to the National Wetland Trust. The National Wetland Trust has a long-term presence ... More >>

Long Road To Recovery For Kiwi Rescued From Culvert

Thursday, 3 September 2020, 11:32 am | Department of Conservation

  A North Island brown kiwi faces a long road to recovery after being rescued from a Taranaki road culvert. How the battered bird got into the culvert in early August remains a mystery, but he owes his survival to two roading inspectors from ... More >>

Tahr Control Operational Plan Released

Tuesday, 1 September 2020, 3:45 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) has released its reconsidered Tahr Control Operational Plan for 2020/2021, which describes how DOC will control Himalayan tahr on public conservation land to protect native alpine ecosystems. The High Court decision ... More >>

Heaphy Survey Shows Birdlife On The Rise

Friday, 28 August 2020, 11:09 am | Department of Conservation

Anecdotal reports of more birdlife on the Heaphy Track have been backed up by a five-year study showing increased numbers of some forest birds. The Department of Conservation (DOC) has been monitoring birds in the lower Heaphy valley in Kahurangi ... More >>

Takahē Deaths Highlight Conservation Challenges

Wednesday, 26 August 2020, 10:51 am | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation says three takahē have died after aerial 1080 predator control in Kahurangi National Park, one likely due to 1080 poisoning with the cause of death of the other two birds still being investigated. The three takahē that ... More >>

Well-being The Focus For Conservation Week 2020

Friday, 14 August 2020, 3:07 pm | Department of Conservation

New Zealanders are being encouraged to look at nature through new eyes during Conservation Week 2020, which this year is from 15 to 23 August. Conservation Week is an annual event led by the Department of Conservation (DOC), and this year’s focus is on ... More >>

New maps to help Himalayan tahr trophy hunters

Friday, 14 August 2020, 2:10 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) says hunters seeking a trophy Himalayan tahr can now access new maps showing where mature bulls were seen during recent control operations. More >>

Corybas Orchid Protection Puts Heat On Whangamarino

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 4:15 pm | Department of Conservation

  In a scene reminiscent of a battlefield operation, staff from the Department of Conservation’s Waikato District have carried out a special controlled burn-off to help protect a rare native plant. Corybas carsei , known as the swamp helmet orchid, ... More >>

Back On Track – Milford, Routeburn Great Walks To Reopen This Summer

Friday, 31 July 2020, 2:52 pm | Department of Conservation

Get your tramping boots ready – bookings for Fiordland’s Milford and Routeburn Great Walks will open on 18 and 19 August respectively. The Department of Conservation (DOC) is delighted to announce both the Milford and the Routeburn tracks will be ... More >>