Wildlife Ecology Group
Private Bag 11222
For me the hihi story started during my MSc 25 years ago when I did food manipulation experiments with hummingbirds using Perky Pet feeders. Perky Pet was kind enough to ship me feeders for subsequent experiments with honeyeaters in Australia, then with hihi in New Zealand when they were reintroduced to Mokoia Island in 1994. These feeders provided the big breakthrough for managing reintroduced hihi populations. Along the way I re-trained from being a behavioural ecologist to a population ecologist so I could make myself much more useful for managing populations.
My current involvement with hihi mostly involves developing population models to support the research led by my friend and long-term collaborator John Ewen who does all the hard bits.