The Animal Movements Group is currently collaborating with the Department of Conservation. Projects include:
Sika deer in the Kaweka Forest Park
- Examine how the movement and distribution of sika deer in the Kaweka Forest Park vary with gender, seasons, habitat resources and predation risk (from hunters in helicopters and ground hunters).
These analyses will be used to plan helicopter flights for improved efficiency when agreed control work is done.
Endangered black-fronted terns in the Upper Ohau River
- Evaluate resource selection by feral cats to assess their role as predators of a breeding colony of endangered black-fronted terns in the Upper Ohau River.
Knowledge of when cats select prey, and whether they display individual specialisation for particular prey species will be used to optimise management strategies aimed at protecting the tern colony.