Posts tagged with Department of Conservation

Highlights from forget-me-not field trips from last summer

  • Here I am collecting Myosotis on a beautiful day on Coronet Peak, Otago, South Island.
  • Myosotis macrantha, near Queenstown, Otago, South Island (WELT SP091596). Photo by Phil Garnock-Jones.
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This year I went on several field trips to collect native forget-me-nots (genus Myosotis). With my research on native plantains now finished, my current research focus is now to figure out how many native species of forget-me-nots we have in New Zealand, revise their taxonomy, understand their evolutionary history, and amend their conservation status. Te… Read more »

The global penguin – Part 2. The young emperor penguin pushes the boundaries, and is taken into care

  • The healthy young emperor penguin on Peka Peka Beach, 21 June. (Richard Gill, DOC)
  • "You've all come to see me!" The admiring throng on 24 June. (Colin Miskelly, Te Papa)
  • Composite x-ray showing sand inside the penguins gut on 24 June - a pear-shaped lump in its stomach, and a sausage-shaped lump in its oesophagus. (original images from Wellington Zoo)
  • Composite x-ray showing sand inside the penguins gut on 24 June - a pear-shaped lump in its stomach, and a sausage-shaped lump in its oesophagus. (original images from Wellington Zoo)

Te Papa’s curator of terrestrial vertebrates Dr Colin Miskelly tells the second part of the unfolding story of the emperor penguin that went where none had gone before (at least in the age of digital media). Colin accompanied Department of Conservation staff to Peka Peka Beach on the morning of 21 June, and identified the… Read more »

Rare dolphin found on Canterbury beach

Rare Hourglass dolphin found dead at Flea Bay in Canterbury.  Photo reproduced courtesy of Department of Conservation.

On the weekend down in Canterbury, apart from the horrific earthquake, there was an extremely unusual dolphin stranding. A 1.8m male Hourglass dolphin came ashore at Flea Bay. Only a handful of complete specimens of this species have ever been dissected before. Although they are sometimes seen in the Southern Ocean around Antarctica, they very rarely… Read more »

our giant kākāpō

  • don't let the kakapo die! A filled in feather on the words on a wing kakapo | (c) Te Papa 2010
  • the Words on a Wing kakapo in NatureSpace | (c) Te Papa 2010
  • Discovery Centre host Keryn puts a feather onto the Words on a Wing kakapo | (c) Te Papa 2010
  • one of the feathers filled out by New Zealand children for the Words on a Wing project | (c) Te Papa

Look at NatureSpace’s newest visitor! This stylish mesh and steel kākāpō is two and a half metres long, a metre and a half tall, and is wearing a fashionable set of paper feathers covered in conservation-related messages from children. It ‘s part of the Words on a Wing campaign being run by the Department of Conservation, and it’s been… Read more »

Dolphin dangers

Marine mammals and the fishing industry don’t always mix well. Yesterday the Department of Conservation released horrifying photos of dolphins caught by fishing trawlers in December off the west coast of the North Island. Yes, most commercial fishing companies are following the rules and will stop fishing as soon as they see there are dolphins around but something needs to… Read more »

Moko to the rescue!

  • Lucy Ryan with model of a pygmy sperm whale calf
  • Lucy Ryan with model of a pygmy sperm whale calf

Moko, the resident bottlenose dolphin at Mahia, was the heroine of the day last week. The amazing story of how a dolphin helped save a stranded pygmy sperm whale mother and her calf made news headlines in NZ – and was even picked up by media around the world! Read the story  here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/4436390a11.html http://news.scotsman.com/world/Dolphin-leads-whales-out-of.3872748.jp The area around… Read more »