Rewilding Taranaki’s forests through reintroduction: adding a splash of hihi colour
New Plymouth public event. Wednesday 3rd April, 2019. 6.00pm – 8.00 pm
Venue: Puke Ariki (1 Ariki Street, New Plymouth)
Host/chair will be Dr John Ewen (Zoological Society of London and Co-Chair Hihi Recovery Group)
Part one: Hihi are moving in! The story of hihi coming back to the Taranaki (10 min presentation)
- After an absence of 130 years the hihi are back at Rotokare– (Simon Collins, Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust).
Part two: Main course – food for thought on rewilding Taranaki and its relationship with hihi
- The journey home: restoration and reintroduction in the Taranaki Region (Dr Kevin Parker, Parker Conservation)
- Hihi reintroduction as an acid test for ecological restoration of our forests (Prof Doug Armstrong, Massey University)
Part three: Hihi Conservation Science Highlights 2018-2019
1. Pst… watch what you say you are being recorded! (Mhairi McCready, Hihi Conservation Officer – based on Metcalf et al. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 2019)
2. Do you stick with your mates when the going gets tough? (Dr Vix Franks, University of Cambridge – based on Franks 2018 PHD thesis)
3. Its OK hihi will adapt and fit in… um wait, will they? (Dr John Ewen, ZSL – based on Villemereuil et al. Current Biology 2019)
Part four: Opening it to the floor (Chaired by John Ewen and Dr Danielle Shanahan, Zealandia)
Panel of speakers plus Lynn Adams (DOC, Hihi Recovery Group Co-chair) answer questions from the audience.
For more details see our Hihi Event Poster