Prepared by Tansy Bliss (Kaitiaki Ranger PMNT) in collaboration with Anne Schlesselmann (MWLR Project Co-ordinator/Researcher – Conservation Ecology) and Emma Williams (DOC Project Manager/Science Advisor) – January 2023 Manaaki Whenua | Landcare Research (MWLR) and the Department of Conservation (DOC)
The management programme for the Northern New Zealand Dotterel/Tūturiwhatu, which has seen the population go from a steady decline to almost doubling in 30 years, is one of our greatest conservation successes. That triumph is due to the work of scores of community volunteers, the enthusiasm of a few dedicated wildlife rangers and the strategy devised by Dr John Dowding, writes Jim Eagles.
This special godwit issue is full of the latest research on Bar-tailed godwits and insight from Keith Woodley into the strikingly different life of these birds in their northern home.
An interesting look into the New Zealand history of the Caspian Tern, the largest tern in the world, and a dive into their irregular breeding habits and vulnerabilities.