Brent Beaven and a tīeke/saddleback
Image: Peta Cary | ©

Introduction

The latest episode is part two of our chat with Predator Free expert Brent Beaven. Grab a cuppa and get comfy as Brent tells us everything there is to know about this goal.

Highlights

Hosted by our Threatened Species Ambassador, DOC's Sounds of Science podcast offers a behind-scenes-look at how we care for NZ's native species and natural environment.

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Episode 14: Predator Free and me (Part 2)

Notes

This is the much awaited second part of Brent Beaven’s Predator Free interview. In this episode, we’re talking about upcoming innovations as well as current predator control tools, and yes that includes 1080. This episode is a big swing and we hope it gives you some important context.

  • The bird sound in this episode is the Northern brown kiwi
  • The music used is Let’s Get Down to Business by Cast of Characters
  • Brent’s excellent blog series about Predator Free is available on the Conservation Blog

Te reo Māori translation:

Kia ora! Ko Erica Wilkinson tēnei. He kōnae ipurangi tēnei, e pā ana ki ngā Sounds of Science. (Hi! My name is Erica Wilkinson and this is a podcast about Sounds of Science).


Episode 13: Predator Free and me (Part 1)

Notes

Brent is on the show to tell us everything we need to know about Predator Free 2050 – in fact, he told us so much, we’ve split his interview into two. This is part one. Brent is an expert on predator control and has decades of hands-on field experience. He's herded sea lions, been hounded by kiwi, and caught mohua in his socks. In the world of threatened species conservation, you name it and Brent has done it. Listen and learn.

  • The bird sound in this episode is the Northern brown kiwi
  • The music used is Let’s Get Down to Business by Cast of Characters
  • Brent’s excellent blog series about Predator Free is available on the Conservation Blog

Te reo Māori translation:

Kia ora! Ko Erica Wilkinson tēnei. He kōnae ipurangi tēnei, e pā ana ki ngā Sounds of Science. (Hi! My name is Erica Wilkinson and this is a podcast about Sounds of Science).

Kia ora, Erica, ko Brent Beaven ahau (Hi Erica, I’m Brent Beaven).


Episode 12: Marine Magic

Notes

Anton van Helden is a marine scientist by day moonlighting as a magician by night, although one could make the point that magic never sleeps. Anton has over 30 years of experience working with and studying marine mammals – before he worked for us, he was at Te Papa. Now, Anton works as a science advisor in our Marine Species Team, assigned to looking after Māui and Hector's dolphins. In this episode, you’ll hear talk of strandings, the subants, toxoplasmosis, pub statistics, and climate, as well as working with iwi on recovery of bones.

Abracadabra, are you listening closely?

Te reo Māori translation:

  • Kia ora! Ko Erica Wilkinson tēnei. He kōnae ipurangi tēnei, e pā ana ki ngā Sounds of Science.
    Hi! My name is Erica Wilkinson and this is a podcast about Sounds of Science.
  • Kia ora! Ko Anton tōku ingoa.
    Hello! My name is Anton.

The music used in this episode:

  • Let’s Get Down to Business by Cast of Characters.

Content warning

This episode contains specific discussion of dissection which some listeners may find graphic. We kept it reasonably high level. This content warning applies to 8 mins 3 secs to 11 mins 22 secs. 

And we also talk about taonga and why dissections are important for iwi at 23 mins 25 secs.


Episode 11: The best bits so far

Notes

In honour of Conservation Week, we’ve put together a supercut of all our favourite moments from the past ten episodes. Lichens, bats, kākāpō sperm helmets (we couldn’t make this up), GPS, poo patches and more – this episode is packed to the brim with stories from all of our previous guests.

The birdsong used in this episode is the pīwakawaka/fantail.

Te reo translation:

  • Kia ora! Ko Erica Wilkinson tēnei. He kōnae ipurangi tēnei, e pā ana ki ngā Sounds of Science.
  • Hi! My name is Erica Wilkinson and this is a podcast about Sounds of Science

The music used in this episode:

  • Let’s Get Down to Business by Cast of Characters
  • Business or Pleasure by Avocado Junkie.

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