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    The Great Hihi Sperm Race

    ‘SPERM RACE’ HIGHLIGHTS PLIGHT OF NATIVE NEW ZEALAND BIRD Saving one of New Zealand’s vulnerable birds could come down to the speed of its sperm. Scientists working to save the hihi – or stitchbird -have devised a global competition for punters to guess which bird has the fastest little swimmers and raise money for hihi […]

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    Older and wiser? Age differences in foraging and learning by an endangered passerine

    Older and wiser? Age differences in foraging and learning by an endangered passerine   Published in: Behavioural Processes Authors: Victoria R. Franks & Rose Thorogood Abstract: Birds use cues when foraging to help relocate food resources, but natural environments provide many potential cues and choosing which to use may depend on previous experience. Young animals […]

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    Older and wiser? Age differences in foraging and learning by an endangered passerine

    Older and wiser? Age differences in foraging and learning by an endangered passerine   Published in: Behavioural Processes Authors: Victoria R. Franks & Rose Thorogood Abstract: Birds use cues when foraging to help relocate food resources, but natural environments provide many potential cues and choosing which to use may depend on previous experience. Young animals […]

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    Animals: tamed, exploited and resurrected

    Listen here: BBC Radio 4 – Start the Week Amol Rajan discusses the uneasy interaction between the animal kingdom and humans. The anthropologist Alice Roberts looks back to the moment hunter-gatherers changed their relationship with other species and began to tame them, paving the way for our civilisation. Gaia Vince visits the Pacific Coast of Costa […]

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    Is individual variation relevant to population dynamics?

    Marsden Fund Success! What is the optimal level of complexity to consider when predicting population dynamics? The conventional wisdom is to keep models as simple as possible. However, the recent explosion of research on individual variation in animal personalities and life history traits is increasing our capacity to generate complex individual-based models of population dynamics. […]

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    Animals: tamed, exploited and resurrected

     Listen here: BBC Radio 4 – Start the Week Amol Rajan discusses the uneasy interaction between the animal kingdom and humans. The anthropologist Alice Roberts looks back to the moment hunter-gatherers changed their relationship with other species and began to tame them, paving the way for our civilisation. Gaia Vince visits the Pacific Coast of Costa […]

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    Post-release effects in reintroduced populations

    Using Bayesian mark-recapture modelling to quantify the strength and duration of post-release effects in reintroduced populations. Published in: Biological Conservation Authors: Doug Armstrong (1), Christie Le Coeur (2), Joanne M. Thorne (1), Julia Panfylova (1), Tim G. Lovegrove (3), Peter G.H. Frost (4) and John G. Ewen (5) (1) Wildlife Ecology Group, Massey University, PB 11222, Palmerston North, New Zealand (2) Centre […]

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    Post-release effects in reintroduced populations

    Published in: Biological Conservation Authors: Doug Armstrong (1), Christie Le Coeur (2), Joanne M. Thorne (1), Julia Panfylova (1), Tim G. Lovegrove (3), Peter G.H. Frost (4) and John G. Ewen (5) (1) Wildlife Ecology Group, Massey University, PB 11222, Palmerston North, New Zealand (2) Centre d’Ecologie et des Sciences de la Conservation, Sorbonne Universités, MNHN, CNRS, UPMC, Paris, France (3) Auckland […]

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    New hihi colony established at Rotokare in Taranaki

    One of New Zealand’s rarest bush birds, the hihi or stitchbird, has returned to Taranaki after 130 years. Forty hihi were released into the bush at Rotokare Scenic Reserve near Eltham on Sunday, sanctuary manager Simon Collins said. The birds, 20 males and 20 females, were translocated from Tiritiri Matangi in the Hauraki Gulf. Full article […]

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    Translocating people along with hihi

    The highlight of this season for hihi conservation has been establishing a seventh population, hihi have once again been returned to the mainland; this time to Taranaki. After spending the breeding season on Tiritiri Matangi it seemed like an obvious progression for me to move to Taranaki with the birds. To quote John, I have […]

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