Endangered New Zealand Bird Chooses Airport as Nesting Sanctuary, With Tall Fences to Keep Out All Their Predators

Endangered New Zealand Bird Chooses Airport as Nesting Sanctuary, With Tall Fences to Keep Out All Their Predators

Endemic to New Zealand, this sweet little bird is called the tūturiwhatu, or New Zealand dotterel, and though endangered, it has found a unique sanctuary where it can nest and feed in relative peace. Relative, because it comes with a significant amount of noise pollution. It’s the Auckland Airport, and 4 pairs of dotterel have […]

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Home invasions and roadblocks: New Zealand on alert as ‘seal silly season’ begins

Home invasions and roadblocks: New Zealand on alert as ‘seal silly season’ begins

Sunbathing on roads, breaking through catflaps, visiting film sets, invading homes and taking in the heat of backyard spa bath covers – New Zealand’s “seal silly season” has officially begun and the country is bracing for an influx of adolescent marine mammals exploring the country’s highways, patios and golf courses. This week, the government issued […]

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New Zealand fights to save its flightless national bird

New Zealand fights to save its flightless national bird

New Zealand’s treasured kiwi birds are shuffling around Wellington’s verdant hills for the first time in a century, after a drive to eliminate invasive predators from the capital’s surrounds. Visitors to New Zealand a millennium ago would have encountered a bona fide “birdtopia”—islands teeming with feathered creatures fluttering through life unaware that mammalian predators existed. […]

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New Zealand bird of the year contest bars world’s fattest parrot from running

New Zealand bird of the year contest bars world’s fattest parrot from running

New Zealand’s annual bird of the year competition could usher in another round of controversy, with perennial favourite the kākāpō struck from the ballot after twice winning the competition. The fat, flightless and nocturnal parrot is the only species to reign twice as New Zealand’s favourite bird, in 2020 and 2008. This year, however, it […]

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Antarctic researchers gain insights from on high as they count seals from space

Antarctic researchers gain insights from on high as they count seals from space

Researchers believe they have accurately estimated Antarctica’s Weddell seal population for the first time – using images from space and the eyes of hundreds of thousands of citizen scientists. Weddell seals are a key indicator species in the Southern Ocean, for both sea ice fluctuations and shifts in the food web. They can live up […]

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