04-01-2012 - Stitchbird / hihi
Forty-four juvenile hihi, Notiomystis cincta, were reintroduced to Bushy Park in March 2013 in an effort to establish a fourth population of this species on mainland New Zealand (three other populations occur on offshore islands). Despite relatively low initial survival among the females, the remaining birds and their offspring have all bred successfully. The population, although still small, is currently thriving.
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04-01-2012 - Liverworts
A international team of collaborators, led by Matt von Konrat, are undertaking biodiversity studies of a group of plants commonly called bryophytes, especially focusing on liverworts from Fiji. Only scant data exist for both groups of organisms compared to many animal and seed plant groups of the region. Studies of these organisms extend beyond taxonomy and biodiversity, including their application to conservation and environmental monitoring.
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04-01-2012 - Archey's frog
New Zealand's native Archey's frog is number one on the amphibian EDGE list. It is threatened by predation from introduced mammals. To assess the level of predation we have developed molecular techniques to identify frog prey in small mammals diets, as traditional approaches were unreliable. So far these have been successful and can also be applied to any predator-prey diet study.
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20-11-2011 - Macquarie Island Cushion Plant
Azorella macquariensis is a keystone species endemic to Macquarie Island. In 2008 large areas of A.macquariensis were observed to be dying. Research is continuing to determine the the cause of the dieback. The project objectives are to maintain an ex-situ collection of A.macquariensis on Macquarie Island and increase viable holdings of seed in the Tasmanian Seed Conservation Centre at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.
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27-10-2011 - Canterbury Knobbled Weevil
The weevil, Hadramphus tuberculatus, is a critically endangered, endemic invertebrate that is found in the montane foothills of New Zealand. It was last sighted in 1922 and presumed extinct (Craw 1999) until its rediscovery in 2004 (Young 2006). In the IUCN database, the weevil is listed as extinct since the entry was created in 1996. It has only one known population.
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27-10-2011 - Black-footed Albatross
The Black-footed Albatross is considered "endangered" by IUCN due to estimated rates of incidental mortality in longline fisheries. This project will directly benefit the management of North Pacific albatrosses by identifying potential threats at-sea and those countries and fisheries with conservation responsibilities.
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26-10-2011 - Mary River turtle
The natural habitat of the endangered Mary River turtle is restricted to the Mary River in south east Queensland, Australia. Tiaro & District Landcare Group are committed to increasing its chances of survival through conservation actions (protect wild nests from predators) and encouraging people to value and care for its habitat, the Mary River.
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26-10-2011 - Boelen's python
Boelen’s python (Morelia boeleni) is endemic to New Guinea found in highlands above 1000 m and below the tree line. Our recent work on the conservation genetics of this species, the first ever genetic survey of this species, shows that all captive and wild M. boeleni are genetically uniform and raise particular concern for the limited genetic diversity of M. boeleni used captive breeding programs.
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27-06-2011 - Beck's Petrel
This project completed the first targeted search for the currently unknown breeding grounds of Beck's Petrel Pseudobulweria becki. At a coastal location by New Ireland, Papua New Guinea, the single greatest aggregation of Beck's Petrel ever recorded was encountered in March 2012. Over 100 birds seen close to land are a strong indication that the species breeds at adjacent Mount Agil, New Ireland's highest peak.
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27-06-2011 - Humphead Wrasse
Reef fish spawning aggregations are predictable in space and time and therefore provide an opportunity for local fishers to easily catch large numbers of reproductively active fish, endangering the future sustainability of coral reef fisheries. This work aims conduct artisanal fishery assessments and promote long-term sustainability of local marine resources using the Humphead Wrasse as flagship species on Kia Island, Fiji.
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