Mohua goes from rare to common in 21 years
The once rare mohua/yellowhead has for the first time become the most common native bird counted since predator control began in the Landsborough valley in South Westland.
1080 before and after
Cameras have captured the number of birds, deer, and pests living in the Blue Mountains (West Otago) before and after a Tiakina Ngā Manu operation. Deer repellent was used, meaning both bird and deer survival was high, while rats and stoats were reduced to very low numbers. More about the study.
Returning the birdsong to Aorangi Forest Park
The Aorangi Restoration Trust has a vision to return the birdsong to their backyard. Their trapping project, combined with the use of biodegrabable 1080 has seen some great results so far.
Thanks to OSPRI for providing footage for this video.
Working with Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary
We work every day to ensure the survival of our special birds. Here's a story about our work with Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary and predator control in Tongariro National Park.
DOC rangers Ali and Malcolm head to Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary for the day to help ranger Renee track down a kiwi chick and give it a health check.
Returning the birdsong
DOC's Threatened Species Ambassador Nicola Toki has dedicated her career to the protection of our unique native wildlife. Nicola and other DOC staff work hard to ensure that we have the right tools for the job.
1080 is a biodegradable toxin that targets mammals. With no native land mammals except for two tiny species of bat (which are also threatened by rats and stoats), New Zealand is perfectly placed to use 1080 as one of our most important pest control tools.
If we want our bird life back, if we want birdsong over valleys of silence, if we want to be predator free by 2050 - 1080 is one of the best tools we currently have.
This video explains why it is such a powerful tool which has the backing of scientists.
1080 for predator contol
Director-General of DOC, Lou Sanson, on the use of 1080 for predator control:
Introducing Tiakina Ngā Manu
DOC's Threatened Species Ambassador Nicola Toki introduces Tiakina Ngā Manu (then named Battle for our Birds), pest control programme:
DOC scientist Graeme Elliot talks about beech mast, predator plagues, and why the predator control programme is needed:
The benefit to our native species
DOC Scientist Colin O'Donnell talks about how predator control benefits our bat species:
DOC's Threatened Species Ambassador Nicola Toki explains the benefits of pest control for whio/blue duck:
DOC's Threatened Species Ambassador Nicola Toki explains the benefits of pest control for kākā:
DOC's Threatened Species Ambassador Nicola Toki explains the benefits of pest control for kea:
Saving threatened species in New Zealand and Australia
DOC Threatened Species Ambassador, Nicola Toki and Australian Threatened Species Commissioner, Gregory Andrews are working together to save our threatened species.
Saving species isn't easy. It requires choices like using baiting compounds such as 1080 to eradicate feral predators. But our animals deserve our support. And our scientists can show us how to save them safely, effectively and justifiably.
Saving wildlife in the ancient podocarp forest at Lake Moeraki
Botanist Sir Alan Mark takes us into the ancient podocarp forests at Lake Moeraki in South Westland. Once saved from logging and now the wildlife are being saved by 1080.