Category: "Ecology"

Nutrition

April 24th, 2006

Kiore are omnivores. They seem to eat everything we eat and then some.

They eat most parts of plants including fruit, seeds, flowers, shoots, leaves, roots, and tubers. Maori used to take special precautions with their food stores to prevent kiore eating them.

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Migrating birds drop in on Auckland

April 7th, 2006

Another bumper breeding season for Cook’s petrel on Hauturu (Little Barrier Island) has juvenile birds inadvertently crash landing around Auckland.

Bird rescue centres in Auckland have had a number of the young birds, which are fledging and leaving their burrows, handed in over the past week.

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Depression of tree recruitment on New Zealand's northern offshore islands

March 2nd, 2006

D. J. Campbell and I. A. E. Atkinson of Ecological Research Associates have publiched a paper studying the effects of kiore on tree seeds and seedlings.

They discovered negative effects in eleven out of seventeen species of coastal trees.

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New Easter Island theory presented

January 22nd, 2006

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- A University of Hawaii anthropologist and colleagues are blaming rats and Dutch traders for the mysterious abandonment of Easter Island.

Nearly all Polynesians on the South Pacific island, who built hundreds of 10-ton stone statues, inexplicably vanished. Conjecture has included the natives deforested the island to transport the statues, triggering catastrophic erosion, USA Today reported. According to the theory, the remaining inhabitants then were decimated during a cannibalistic civil war in about 1650.

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Predation by Kiore on Mokohinau Islands Lizards

May 31st, 2005

Kiore colonised Lizard Island, Mokohinau Group (outer Hauraki Gulf) in the mid 1970s, and were subsequently removed by poisoning in 1978. Studies of lizard and bird populations before, during and after the kiore occupancy provide direct evidence of the effects of kiore on an offshore island's fauna.

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