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Seabird begins to bounce back on Little Barrier

April 18th, 2005

A year ago life for Cook’s petrel chicks on Little Barrier (Hauturu) was bleak and short lived. Now, less than a year after the operation to rid the island of rats, most chicks have survived to fly from their burrows.

Monitoring this summer has shown that 70 percent of the Cook’s petrel chicks fledged. In previous years as few as five percent survived when up to 95 percent of chicks were killed by kiore or Pacific rat, leaving the sea bird population in a downward spiral.

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Snap Attack on Island Rats

February 2nd, 2005

The old saying “know your enemy” is as equally true for rodents as it is for Roman Legions. It is with this advice in mind that Department of Conservation Ranger Emily King will set out to undertake a survey to determine what type of rodent (rats and mice) species exist in the Eastern Bay of Islands.

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