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Pūtaiao - Manaaki Whenua science summary

Tēnā koe and welcome to Putaiao (‘Science’ in te reo Māori), our quarterly publication showcasing the work of our scientists at Manaaki Whenua.
Pūtaiao Issue 6. Researcher Phil Novis taking snow and ice samples from the Fox Glacier. Photo: John Hunt.

Pūtaiao Issue 6. Researcher Phil Novis taking snow and ice samples from the Fox Glacier. Photo: John Hunt.

 

Creating conservation management strategies to protect our native manu is always a challenge, especially for more mobile species such as tōrea and kākā. If a species is not always in one place, how do you build an understanding of it? And without that knowledge, how can you ensure the environment is right for the species to thrive?

Manaaki Whenua researchers have put those questions at the heart of several programmes designed to forecast predator and bird populations. By using increasingly sophisticated technology, as well as developing stronger partnerships, our researchers are aiming to have more indigenous bird species thriving in their habitats across Aotearoa and beyond.

In this issue of Pūtaiao, we highlight two programmes studying bird nesting, food, movements and habitats in and outside forests. Their successful outcomes will help achieve the goal of New Zealand’s new Te Mana o te Taiao – the Aotearoa New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy – achieve its 2050 goals of restoring the mana of taonga species. 

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Dan Park:parkdj@landcareresearch.co.nz

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