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Rare short-tailed bats transferred to Kapiti Island in a bid to save a threatened Tararua Forest Park colony have bred, but sadly the two pups produced were stillborn.

While disappointed that the pups died, the Department of Conservation says the fact that bats from a ground-breaking translocation attempted to breed so young adds to the important knowledge known about bats’ basic biology.

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Scoop: A New Look… A New Sound… and More Birds

Radio New Zealand’s iconic bird calls will be heard more often on Radio New Zealand National and Radio New Zealand Concert.
The quality of the sound recordings has been enhanced and some spoken context will be provided for each individual call.

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Pipiwharauroa, the shining cuckoo

i was doing the surf of a few bird sites , had been to nz birds before , they have great stuff , like drawings and paintings and recordings of a good selection of bird song , kokako, tui , korimako ,etc.

with kokako i don’t even know if they have been or can be around here , but sure do want them around here, its already quite lovely but those kokako have got a note in there that is made to be heard , nice and early on a still morning , in with the rest of them ….. morepork calling now,

anyway, reading this article on the shining cuckoo, enjoying it quite a lot , checked out still more of the site and found that it is really quite full of wonderfull content and stuff

The Waimea Plains and Cultivated Country near Nelson, 1877.   John Gully

the Waimea Plains and Cultivated Country near Nelson, 1877. John Gully

like this ..

have added in a link to the blogroll

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Scoop: Wonderful Wetlands

Wetlands may be the world’s most valuable ecosystems – but they are probably also the most unloved.

Often under-appreciated as mere bogs or swamps to be drained and developed, wetlands are among the most economically and ecologically valuable ecosystems on Earth.

We need to learn to love them and look after them better if we want to preserve the rich plant and animal life they support, and sustain the range of valuable services they provide for the survival of our planet and human life. The vast majority of New Zealand’s original wetlands have already been destroyed, but there is much we can do to preserve those that remain. more

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Perspective | Futility Closet

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Earth seen from 4 billion miles away, photographed by Voyager 1 on June 6, 1990

Of the “pale blue dot,” astronomer Carl Sagan said, “That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every ‘superstar,’ every ‘supreme leader,’ every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there — on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.”

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One of New Zealand’s rarest birds, the New Zealand fairy tern, has been boosted by a chick successfully fledging at Papakanui Spit on the Kaipara Harbour, for the first time in five years.

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