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2012-01-04 09:09:20

The first electronically described liverwort species comes from New Zealand The open-access journal PhytoKeys — known for applying cutting edge technologies in publishing and dissemination to accelerate biodiversity research — is pioneering an electronic-only publishing workflow in a series of papers published over the course of the first week of January 2012. As of the 1st of January 2012, extensive new changes took effect to the way plant scientists name new plants, algae,...

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2011-06-22 09:00:00

Residents along the Kapiti Coast of New Zealand were treated with a rare visit by an Emperor penguin on Monday, astonishing wildlife experts, who say the bird was more than 1,900 miles away from its Antarctic home. The penguin, a juvenile male, arrived at a beach on the Kapiti Coast, 25 miles north of Wellington on Monday afternoon, said the Department of Conservation (DOC). DOC spokesman, Peter Simpson, said there is only one other recording of an Emperor penguin in New Zealand: at...

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2011-05-25 07:55:00

Lucky number thirteen! The Pukaha Mount Bruce wildlife Center reintroduced the kiwi into the wild in 2003, but this year marks the New Zealand national wildlife center's most successful breeding season, ending with the thirteenth egg hatching into a rare white kiwi chick. "As far as we know, this is the first all-white chick to be hatched in captivity," says Pukaha Mount Bruce Board chairman, Bob Francis. "The intention of the transfer was to increase the kiwi gene pool at Pukaha and grow...

2008-09-18 18:00:29

By DYKES, Mervyn These fast-growing monsters, capable of adapting to many different habitats, are among the most invasive of species. -------- ------------ One of the world's biggest "weeds" has the Department of Conservation (DOC) ready to do battle in the bush areas of Manawatu. These are not typical back-garden weeds, but fast-growing monsters reaching heights of more than 25m and capable of broadcasting seeds over extensive areas. They are numbered among the most invasive of...

2008-09-11 15:05:00

THE Department of Conservation is warning people not to be fooled by the puppy dog eyes of a sea lion or New Zealand fur seal this summer, into thinking they're safe to touch. They have a nasty bite and run fast, DOC said. Southlanders share more than 3000km of coastline with many marine mammal species and one the most common visitors are fur seals and New Zealand sea lions. DOC Stewart Island field centre supervisor Sharon Pasco said these large mammals were regularly seen on the region's...

2008-09-10 15:00:16

By MILNE, Amy SOME of Southland's unique locals are the large, flightless birds found in the wild only in the Murchison Mountains of Fiordland. Takahe were considered extinct until the late Dr Geoffery Orbell rediscovered them in 1948. Since 1983, the Department of Conservation has been involved in managing takahe that live within the Te Anau Wildlife Park in an attempt to boost the birds' recovery. The department's takahe programme manager Phil Tisch said to support breeding in...

2008-08-18 18:00:23

By DYKES, Mervyn Northern whitebaiters opened the new season yesterday to a reminder that two adult forms of the delicacy have been listed as threatened species by the Department of Conservation. One, the giant kokupu, has been given a similar threat ranking to brown kiwi. The other listed as threatened is the shortjaw kokupu. "Whitebait are the young of native fish such as giant kokopu, shortjaw kokopu, banded kokopu, koaro and inanga, collectively known as galaxiids," said DOC...

2008-08-17 18:00:23

By ROOKES, Felicity WHITEBAITERS will hit the rivers and streams today as the season officially opens in Taranaki -- though some have made an early start. "We've already had a couple of reports of early fishing on some rivers in Taranaki," Department of Conservation biodiversity ranger Bryan Williams said. "The rules are there to protect the species and most whitebaiters appreciate this." The regulations are set to allow a percentage of whitebait to migrate up streams to their breeding...

2008-07-09 18:00:19

THE Department of Conservation is calling for submissions on its proposal to establish two marine mammal sanctuaries in Southland. The new marine mammal sanctuaries are in areas where dolphins are known to range -- Porpoise Bay-Fortrose on the Catlins coast, and Te Wae Wae Bay on the south coast. Acting Conservation Minister Mahara Okeroa said mining and acoustic seismic surveying restrictions would apply in the sanctuaries, increasing the protection of the dolphins. The measures...

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2006-03-17 03:10:00

WELLINGTON -- A New Zealand conservation worker was missing and five others were evacuated by helicopter after a volcanic eruption on a remote Pacific island on Friday. The long-range Russian-made helicopter made the marathon flight to Raoul Island in the Kermadec group after the eruption caused a steam and ash plume and spewed mud from a lake, the Department of Conservation said. Six department staff work on the island, about 1,000 km (600 miles) northeast of New Zealand and part of a nature...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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