It is usually easy for a biology teacher to pick up faked data, especially when it comes from field work. Natural ecosystems may seem like fairly stable places to a student, but when you take short-term or small-scale samples, real data is usually messy.
Two major 1080 operations intended to kill possums and rabbits in the Mackenzie Basin will be under way soon.
Ospri (formerly TBFree NZ) has contracted Excell Biosecurity to undertake a ground operation of more than 43,000 hectares in the Mackenzie Basin.
The Department of Conservation (DoC) is crediting predator control work for thriving numbers of two bat species and native birds in Fiordland National Park.
Summer monitoring has found numbers of the rare southern short-tailed bat are on the rise in its last remaining stronghold.
DoC says it shows a mix of trapping, ground-based pesticides and periodic aerial 1080 drops are working.
A charitable trust is 'extremely annoyed' an old photo of dead kiwi is being repurposed by anti-1080 campaigners.
In 2016, the Bay Bush Action Group posted an image on its Facebook page of around 50 dead kiwi that were killed in the Kerikeri region by dogs and cars.
The image has recently been used by other individuals and groups claiming the birds were killed by the pesticide 1080.
An aerial 1080 drop in the Kāpiti Coast foothills of the Tararua Ranges is planned for next February after being postponed in spring this year.
Poor weather prevented the possum control operation over 10,900 hectares of bush and forest between Akatarawa Road in Reikorangi and the Ōtaki River prior to the Christmas-New Year period, when the area is popular with recreational users.
An aerial 1080 drop in the Ruahine ranges appears to have obliterated the rat and possum population.
The Department of Conservation carried out the 'Northern Ruahine Battle for our Birds operation' on November 13-15.
The date of the drop had been kept quiet as the department held fears staff could be threatened. Police had been notified about a DOC staff member being intimidated by a member of the public in Manawatū early last month after the operation had been announced.
Aerial predator control is under way for the southern boundary of the Hauraki District.
An area of 6300ha of public conservation land in the Otahu catchment near Whiritoa will have a 1080 operation.
Starting this month, the aerial pest control is part of the government's nationwide 'Battle for our Birds' 1080 operation.
Otahu is largely forested, and drained by the Otahu River and tributaries to the Otahu estuary, which covers about 110ha providing significant vegetation and wildlife habitat.
Millions of dollars have been spent killing pests in Greater Wellington forests to give native wildlife a chance and keep TB at bay, but has it been worth it? Piers Fuller reports.
The threat posed by rats, stoats and possums to our bird species is "significant and urgent" and the battle continues to quietly rage in forests large and small around the greater Wellington region.
Over the past decade hundreds of tonnes of the controversial poison bait 1080 have been dropped in the Tararua, Aorangi and Remutaka ranges in an effort to push back a tide of pests, but the advent of new technology is making ground trapping a more attractive option.
Letting rats live a little longer by ceasing to poison and trap them proved a killer move by the Bream Head Conservation Trust.
The successful predator removal scheme involved ceasing the regular poison - not laying for a few months so rats lost their wariness about it, letting them breed up in numbers, then hitting them with a ground-laid 1080 bomb.
It was a double whammy because then stoats ate the rats that ate the poison and died too.
The result of the major operation that started in April was very satisfying, according to head ranger Adam Willetts.
An aerial 1080 drop over 30,000 hectares in the Northern Ruahine Ranges will take place this Spring to battle an expected surge in predator numbers.
Every 2-6 years beech trees flower and produce massive quantities of seed, in an event known as a 'mast', and sampling by the Department of Conservation in February confirmed a mast was occurring in the Northern Ruahine Ranges this year.
The operation will begin after September 6, as weather permits, and will see cereal baits containing biodegradable sodium fluoroacetate, known as 1080, dropped over 30,000ha.
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