whakatikei valley tawa tree damage

a quick video showing the possum damage to the tawa and beech trees

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This video was originally shared on blip.tv by richie b with a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.

One of New Zealand’s rarest birds, the hihi (stitchbird) returned to the Auckland mainland this week for the first time in 125 years.

Male Hihi  Photo by Peter Reese

One of New Zealand’s rarest birds – the Stitchbird Notiomystis cincta – today returns to the Auckland mainland for the first time in 125 years.

30 of the rare birds, locally called ‘Hihi’, are to be released in the Waitakere Ranges after being brought over from the Tiritira Matangi Islands, itself a reintroduction site for Stitchbird.

Once widespread over the North Island and adjacent offshore islands of New Zealand, Stitchbird has suffered significantly from the joint threats of introduced predators and habitat destruction. The release will be the first time the birds have been on the Auckland mainland since they became locally extinct in the 1880s. more