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Introduction

In the summer supercut we've included some of our favourite moments from past episodes.

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 29: Summer supercut

To celebrate summer in Aotearoa, we’ve put together a supercut, packed to the brim with all the best bits from previous episodes.

From cryptic species to sharks to seal production—this supercut has something for everyone.

  • The audio at the beginning is a dawn chorus with tūī in the foreground
  • The music used is Let’s Get Down to Business by Cast of Characters


Episode 28: Volcanology with Hollei Gabrielsen

Volcanologist Hollei Gabrielsen (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Whitikaupeka) on her work providing advice about volcanoes, particularly in Tongariro National Park, and how her whakapapa and heritage informs her work.

Hollei discusses what you need to know to head out on an adventure in Tongariro, and answers listeners’ questions about lava, caldera, phreatic (steam) explosions and more.

  • The audio at the beginning is alpine wind ambience.
  • The music used is Let’s Get Down to Business by Cast of Characters.


Episode 27: In a galaxiid far, far away with Nixie Boddy

Freshwater scientist Nixie Boddy discusses non-migratory galaxiids, native fish, and her adventures in the field - some of which involve costumes.

Nixie has a huge amount of knowledge about how non-migratory galaxiids interact with threats and river flows, and the broader ecology of their habitat. In this episode she explains fish passage, electric fishing, and many other mysteries of the deep/shallow. It’s another must-listen.

  • The audio at the beginning is an alpine stream in Fiordland National Park
  • The music used is Let’s Get Down to Business by Cast of Characters


Episode 26: Field yarns with Tim Raemaekers part 2

Kiwi ranger Tim Raemaekers on the tokoeka kiwi monitoring programme in Fiordland, the predator control challenges at Shy Lake, and the emotional roller-coaster of starring in a conservation mini-series on YouTube. We also get into the detail of what makes stoats such a massive threat to kiwi and how 1080 can buy kiwi time.

Tim led the kiwi monitoring project at Shy Lake from 2017-2022 and is the star of the Fiordland Kiwi Diaries, the YouTube series following DOC rangers in Fiordland as they work to save the iconic tokoeka kiwi.

  • The audio at the beginning is a tokoeka kiwi duet
  • The music used is Let’s Get Down to Business by Cast of Characters


Episode 25: Field yarns with Tim Raemaekers part 1

Ranger and Biodiversity Project lead Tim Raemaekers on handling rare species, becoming a kiwi ranger, and the incredible things he’s seen robin/toutouwai, kākāpō and kiwi get up to.

Tim is an on-the-ground expert, whose knowledge of predator control in Fiordland is second to none. He stars in the Fiordland Kiwi Diaries, a YouTube mini-series following DOC rangers in Fiordland as they work to save the iconic tokoeka kiwi.

Tim had so many cool stories, we’ve split his interview into two episodes. Part 2 coming soon. Subscribe so you get it when it lands.

  • The audio at the beginning is a tokoeka kiwi
  • The music used is Let’s Get Down to Business by Cast of Characters

Content warning: mention of blood (minor) at 09m:44s.


Episode 24: Kiwi as with Chris Dodd (Doddy)

Ranger Chris Dodd (Doddy) on what it’s like to track and monitor rare kiwi birds in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Doddy is a passionate kiwi conservationist who started his career working with seabirds on the Shetland Islands. He has years of expertise working with all kinds of kiwi.

He features in the Fiordland Kiwi Diaries, an upcoming YouTube mini-series following DOC rangers in Fiordland as they work to save the iconic tokoeka kiwi.

  • The audio at the beginning is a tokoeka kiwi
  • The music used is Let’s Get Down to Business by Cast of Characters


Episode 23: Deals with seals with Laura Boren

Marine biologist Laura Boren dives into her favourite topic, seals, and shares some on-the-job stories about this mischievous species.

Laura grew up in the landlocked state of Nebraska and is now one of the preeminent marine biologists in this island nation, so our first question was why? Second was how?

Laura was on the front lines saving marine species in the wake of the Rena oil spill, has recently been working to develop pup shelters, and is extremely passionate about responsible dog ownership in areas with marine wildlife. Plus, she has some top tips for hanging out with kekeno, seals.  

  • The audio at the beginning is crashing waves
  • The music used is 'Let’s Get Down to Business' by Cast of Characters.


Episode 22: Kaitiaki kauri, protecting the mighty kauri with Hana Harris

Ranger Hana Harris explains how we can help protect kauri from the notorious pathogen threatening our forests.

Hana hails from the beautiful Northland region. In this episode she shares kōrero about her connection to native species and ecosystems through both her whakapapa and her role as a ranger. She covers the experience of discovering pekapeka/bat roosts, fighting to keep spaces pest-free, and of course, her work as kaitiaki kauri, teaching people about the magnificent kauri.

  • The birdsong is a dawn chorus featuring tūī
  • The music used is 'Let’s Get Down to Business' by Cast of Characters.


Episode 21: Banding Banter with Michelle Bradshaw

Ecologist Michelle Bradshaw discusses what we can learn from the data we get from banded birds and shares some cautionary tales about on the fly identification.

Michelle is in charge of the National Banding Scheme in Aotearoa and brings hands-on banding experience from bird colonies all around the world. If you’re a bird nerd, Michelle has the kind of work stories that’ll make you green with envy.

  • The birdsong in this episode is the black-fronted tern
  • The music used is 'Let’s Get Down to Business' by Cast of Characters.


Episode 20: Culture and conservation with Aroha Gilling

In this episode we’re talking about how our conservation past intersects with both our present and our future, and how our treaty commitments need to be at the heart of this.

Aroha Gilling is an academic specialising in Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and an experienced Treaty Ranger. She’s passionate about education, and this episode contains a wealth of expertise about nature and being a good Treaty Partner. Aroha is also a superfan of all creatures great and small in the Rangitahi Molesworth Recreation Reserve. It’s her happy place.

  • The birdsong in this episode is a dawn chorus.
  • The music used is 'Let’s Get Down to Business' by Cast of Characters.

For further reading, learn about our responsibility to give effect to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi under section 4 of the Conservation Act.


Episode 19: Wildlife warrior Avi Narula

CITES is an international agreement regulating the import and export of endangered animals and plants. What’s this? And why is it important? CITES officer Avi Narula is going to tell you.

Avi has worked with big cats, endangered turtles, and renegade scamps like skunks and racoons. Now he’s here in Aotearoa New Zealand making sure wildlife goods don’t illegally cross the borders.

The most important thing he wants you to know is that before you shop or travel, please check if your item needs a wildlife permit. More info on our CITES page.

  • The birdsong in this episode is a dawn chorus.
  • The music used is 'Let’s Get Down to Business' by Cast of Characters.

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).

We had some sound difficulties with this recording. We’re sorry and have resolved this for future episodes. Avi’s stories are still top notch, and we hope you enjoy the episode.


Episode 18: Cryptic critters with Jess Scrimgeour

Stories about velvet worms, tiny frogs, crooning bats and more from ecologist Jess Scrimgeour. 

Jess knows that the Fab Five—in this case we mean kākāpō, kiwi, whio, takahē, and kererū—are easy to love, but she wants to light your spark for the hard to see, hard to hear, or hard to find critters too: like pekapeka/bats, wētā, pepeketua/frogs, and even the peripatus/velvet worm which fires a sticky substance when it feels threatened. How iconic. 

  • The birdsong in this episode is a dawn chorus.
  • The music used is 'Let’s Get Down to Business' by Cast of Characters.

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 17: Shark talk with Clinton Duffy

Renowned shark expert Clinton Duffy shares niche knowledge and on-the-job stories.

Sharks have a little bit of a PR problem. They’re fascinating, intelligent creatures, and most of them mind their own business. But they are predators, and the more you know, the better prepared you are.

This episode has it all. Sharks that walk on land (we’re not making this up), a run through of shark reproduction which is so amazing and varied it could have come from a sci-fi writer’s brain, and an update on our work to monitor shark species in an area as complex and vast as the ocean. All this, and Clinton shares some of his shark encounter stories with us. 

  • The sound effect in this episode is waves crashing onshore  
  • The music used is Let’s Get Down to Business by Cast of Characters

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 16: Learning on the Job with Jack Mace

There aren’t many jobs with us that Jack hasn’t turned his hand to. Remote island ranger, species monitor, trapper, hunter, ranger trainer, systems designer, operations manager – you name it, Jack has probably done it. He’s deeply passionate about conservation and has accumulated a lot of great stories. 
 
In this episode Jack shares stories about powelliphanta, kōkako, Tūturuatu, Canterbury Mudfish, Mana Island flax weevil, Alseuosmia the mimic plant, akeake the giant daisy, ongaonga the serious stinging nettle; as well as diesel grass, Rockhopper penguins, sea lions, kiwi, and parea/Chatham Island pigeon. And more! It’s a chocka block 39 minutes.

  • The bird sound in this episode is the Parea/Chatham Island pigeon
  • The music used is Let’s Get Down to Business by Cast of Characters

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 15: The rare kākāriki karaka with Andrew Legault

Did you know that Aotearoa’s rarest parakeet is a small, forest-dwelling bird, and there are only about 360 estimated to be left in the wild? The kākāriki karaka, or orange-fronted parakeet are in serious trouble. Listen and learn about the work to monitor and track this species, control predators in critical areas, and boost numbers with captive breeding.

Plus hear how Andrew got started in this specific field and has become the office ‘cat scat guy’— not a title he ever sought out.

  • The bird sound in this episode is the kākāriki karaka
  • The music used is Let’s Get Down to Business by Cast of Characters
  • Te reo Māori intro 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).

We work in partnership with Ngāi Tahu to lead the kākāriki karaka recovery programme, which includes extensive predator control in their mainland habitat through the Tiakina Ngā Manu programme, captive breeding and maintaining a pest-free island population.

The Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust, Auckland Zoo, Orana Wildlife Park, Christchurch Helicopters and Canterbury University all provide crucial support for this programme.


Episode 14: Predator Free and me (Part 2) with Brent Beaven

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).

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